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Former aide facing child porn charges committed suicide

Jan. 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Authorities say it appears as though Jesse Ryan Loskarn, the former top aide to Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, committed suicide.

Loskarn, a Maryland native, was found dead Thursday afternoon after he was accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, Politico reported.

"At approximately 12 p.m. yesterday, Carroll County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a private residence in the 6900 block of Kenmar Lane for a report of an unconscious male, believed to be deceased," said a statement from Col. Phil Kasten of the Carroll County Sheriff's office. "Family members reported finding 35-year-old Jesse Ryan Loskarn unresponsive in his basement where he'd been residing with family since this past December. 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 investigation continues."

Loskarn, who had been working in Washington since graduating from Tulane University in 2000, was awaiting the outcome of grand jury proceedings in the child pornography case against him. He had been living at his parents' home and was scheduled to appear in federal court Feb. 10.

Alexander, who is up for re-election this year, issued a statement saying, "For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end."

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