Former Aide to Sen. Alexander Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

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

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Sarah Mimms and Elahe Izadi
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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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