Former Congressional Chief of Staff to Appear in Court on Pornography Charges

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Elahe Izadi
Dec. 12, 2013, 8:52 a.m.

The former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Al­ex­an­der will ap­pear in a U.S. dis­trict court Thursday on charges that he pos­sessed child por­no­graphy, ac­cord­ing to a crim­in­al com­plaint filed by the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

The com­plaint lays out the al­leg­a­tions against Ry­an Los­karn, 35, who was caught up in an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to a movie pro­duc­tion com­pany that sold DVDs via mail and streamed videos for sale, the ma­jor­ity of which fea­tured young, nude boys, doc­u­ments show. The probe by the U.S. Postal In­spec­tion Ser­vice and the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice began in 2010.

The com­plaint al­leges that Los­karn made sev­er­al pur­chases in 2010 and 2011, in­clud­ing movies sent to his Wash­ing­ton home. In­spect­ors con­duc­ted a search of his home this week, dur­ing which the com­plaint al­leges that Los­karn ap­peared to place an ex­tern­al com­puter hard drive, which in­cluded child por­no­graphy videos, out­side his win­dow. The com­plaint also al­leges that in­spect­ors con­nec­ted por­no­graph­ic video down­loads to his res­id­en­tial IP ad­dress.

The con­tent of the movies, as de­scribed in the doc­u­ment, in­clude sexu­al de­pic­tions of girls as young as 6 to 9 years old, ap­pear­ing with adults. The com­plaint also al­leges the hard drive con­tained “hun­dreds of videos de­pict­ing un­der­age boys en­gaged in sexu­ally ex­pli­cit con­duct.”

Los­karn could be reached for com­ment, and his law­yer, Stu­art A. Sears, de­clined to dis­cuss the case. Los­karn faces two charges: pos­ses­sion of child por­no­graphy, which car­ries a max­im­um of 10 years in pris­on, and at­tempt to dis­trib­ute child por­no­graphy, which car­ries a man­dat­ory min­im­um of fives years and a max­im­um of up to 20 years in pris­on.

The pro­sec­utors’ com­plaint and ac­com­pa­ny­ing state­ment of fact are at­tached be­low. Warn­ing: The lan­guage in the state­ment of facts is ex­traordin­ar­ily graph­ic and may be of­fens­ive to many read­ers.

Sarah Mimms contributed to this article.
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