Alexander: Criminal complaint against ex-staffer 'repugnant'

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Thursday said the child pornography charges filed against his former chief of staff are "repugnant and disturbing."

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“The courts will determine his guilt or innocence, but the information in the complaint is repugnant and disturbing,” Alexander said in a statement.

Alexander fired Ryan Loskarn on Wednesday after being notified by authorities that he was being investigated for involvement with child pornography.

That morning, inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service raided Loskarn’s home in Southeast Washington, arrested him, and collected evidence. Prosecutors revealed the details of the case in a complaint filed Thursday. 

The criminal complaint accuses Loskarn of purchasing illegal pornographic videos and of sharing child pornography on peer-to-peer computer networks.

Investigators said they discovered a hard drive Loskarn tried to hide during the Wednesday raid. A computer forensic examiner located digital videos depicting child porn. One video showed an 8-year-old girl with a man, according to the complaint.  

Prosecutors also allege Loskarn had purchased DVDs of films that showed young nude boys.

Loskarn had served as Alexander’s chief of staff since January 2012. Alexander named Loskarn's replacement Wednesday afternoon.

Loskarn was arraigned Thursday, and he’s due back in court Monday for his pretrial hearing.