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.
What We're Following See More »
"In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels. The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad, a move that threatens to handicap a $28 billion industry that relies on parts made abroad for 80 percent of its supply. Just the mere threat of tariffs has shaken solar developers in recent months, with some hoarding panels and others stalling projects in anticipation of higher costs."
Text from the Trump Administration's planned infrastructure program were published online. According to the documents, 50 percent of funds appropriated for the program will be used to encourage "state, local, and private investment in core infrastructure by providing incentives in the form of grants. Federal incentive funds will be conditioned on achieving milestones within an identified time frame." An additional 10 percent of funds are earmarked for "innovative or transformative" infrastructure projects, 25 percent for rural infrastructure projects, 7 percent for federal lending programs, and 5 percent to create a financing fund for "large-dollar real property purchases." White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said: “We are not going to comment on the contents of a leaked document but look forward to presenting our plan in the near future."