Former Aide to Sen. Alexander Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Ryan Loskarn had been facing charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

National Journal
Sarah Mimms and Elahe Izadi
Jan. 24, 2014, 7:24 a.m.

A former aide to Sen. Lamar Al­ex­an­der who was fa­cing child-por­no­graphy charges has been found dead in his fam­ily’s Mary­land home of an ap­par­ent sui­cide, ac­cord­ing to law en­force­ment.

Ry­an Los­karn, 35, had pre­vi­ously served as chief of staff to the Ten­ness­ee Re­pub­lic­an, but was re­lieved from his post in Decem­ber after his ar­rest.

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

Fam­ily mem­bers found Los­karn in the base­ment of his fam­ily’s home — where he was liv­ing — around noon on Thursday, ac­cord­ing to the Car­roll County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. “The pre­lim­in­ary in­vest­ig­a­tion in­dic­ates that Los­karn may have taken his own life, and his body has since been trans­por­ted to the state med­ic­al ex­am­iner’s of­fice for autopsy,” the de­part­ment said in a state­ment.

U.S. Postal In­spect­ors an­nounced in Decem­ber that Los­karn had been im­plic­ated in a child-por­no­graphy scan­dal and searched his home, where they said they found a hard drive con­tain­ing “hun­dreds” of videos de­pict­ing young chil­dren in sexu­al situ­ations.

Los­karn had been re­leased to the cus­tody of his par­ents in Sykes­ville, Md., last month as he awaited tri­al on charges of pos­sess­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing child por­no­graphy. At the time, a Justice De­part­ment at­tor­ney ar­gued against home de­ten­tion, say­ing there was a risk Los­karn would hurt him­self based “on de­mean­or and com­ments he made at the time of ar­rest,” Roll Call re­por­ted.

 Los­karn was ordered to wear an ankle brace­let and not to ac­cess the In­ter­net while await­ing tri­al.

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