Former Senate aide accused of child porn found dead in family home

Ryan Loskarn

Ryan Loskarn

A former top Senate aide accused of possessing child pornography has died in an apparent suicide, authorities said.

Family members found 35-year-old Jesse Ryan Loskarn at about noon Thursday, unresponsive in his family’s basement where he’d been since his arrest in December, according to the Carroll County (Md.) Sheriff’s Office.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Loskarn may have taken his own life, according to the sheriff’s office. His body has since been transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for Autopsy.  The investigation continues.

Loskarn, the top aide to top aide to Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, had been ordered not to use the Internet and was required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet. He was scheduled to appear in D.C. federal court on Feb. 10.

“For everyone involved,” Alexander said, “this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end.”

Loskarn’s promising career came to a halt in December after federal agents raided his home in the 1800 block of Burke Street SE.

Federal prosecutors had argued against releasing Loskarn because he was a potential suicide risk.

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