"Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, of Washington, D.C., was arrested
this afternoon by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service based on
probable cause for possession and distribution of child
pornography charges," said Peter Carr, a Justice Department
Loskarn, who has since been placed on unpaid leave as the
Tennessee lawmaker's chief of staff, will appear at a hearing in
federal court on Thursday.
"I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have
learned," Alexander said, adding that his office is "fully
cooperating with the investigation."
Alexander said he had been told earlier in the day by the U.S.
Senate's legal counsel that law enforcement agents were
searching Loskarn's house.
The senator named longtime aide David Cleary to be his new chief
of staff. Cleary has worked with Alexander since 2006 and has
been Republican staff director for the Senate Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee since 2012. Alexander is the senior
Republican on the panel.
Alexander is seeking a third term in the Senate in next year's
congressional elections. While he is facing a challenge in the
Republican primary, Alexander is thought to be in position to
(Reporting by Susan Heavey, Richard Cowan and Deborah Charles;
editing by Jim Loney and Jackie Frank)
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