WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered a program of “high-intensity” home supervision Monday for Ryan Loskarn, who was fired last week as Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff after being arrested on federal charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.
Officials believe that between November 2010 and March 2011, Loskarn made several purchases from a website offering child pornography DVDs. Loskarn was also accused of offering child pornography files for download from his home computer.
Court documents say that when law enforcement officials arrived to search his house, one official watched as Loskarn seemed to place an object outside a window. Officials later found a portable hard drive in that location, and a prosecutor said Monday that the drive contains at least 200 videos of child pornography.
The possession charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, while the distribution charge carries a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20.
Loskarn has been held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.
Alexander, a Republican running for a third term in 2014, removed Loskarn from his Senate office payroll as soon as he learned of the investigation. Loskarn also worked for Alexander when the senator chaired the Senate Republican Conference, a post he stepped down from in 2011.
Loskarn had a track record as a highly regarded congressional aide for more than a decade. — more than once making Roll Call newspaper’s “Fabulous 50 Movers and Shakers” list. He also once worked for Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.It is too much to hope that Reynolds would represent Loskarn as counsel in his criminal trial.
According to Roll Call, Loksarn was “one of the Senate GOP’s top strategists and aides.”