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Senator’s aide commits suicide after being arrested on child porn charges

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On Dec. 11, 2013, 35-year old Jesse Ryan Loskarn, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff at the time, was arrested on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography following a raid on his home. On Thursday, Jan. 23, the former high ranking aide from the Tenn. Republican’s staff was found dead in his parents’ Carroll County, Md. home of an apparent suicide.

According to The Huffington Post, the Maryland medical examiner’s office confirmed that the former aide died by hanging himself.

Family members found Loskarn “unresponsive in his basement where he’d been residing with family since this past December.” When Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the residence, Loskarn was already dead.

As court proceedings against Loskarn had gotten underway, he was released from jail into the custody of his parents’ home, where he was ordered not to be able to access the Internet. Loskarn was also ordered to wear “an ankle bracelet to track his movements.”

The complaint filed against him alleged that he possessed a hard drive filled with "hundreds of videos depicting underage boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

The former aide worked for Sen. Alexander for two years prior to his arrest.

Although Alexander expressed disappointment when his aide was arrested, the senator said on Friday, following the suicide, “For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end."

Yesterday, Jesse Loskarn’s parents released the following statement:

"We loved our son very much, and we’re devastated by his death," they said. "Please respect our privacy at this difficult time and let us grieve in peace. Pray for him, his family and friends."

For more on the suicide of Jesse Ryan Loskarn, see the video accompanying this article.

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