GOP senator’s chief of staff put on administrative leave amid child porn allegations

In a statement, Sen. Lamar Alexander said he's "stunned, surprised and disappointed" [updated]

Topics: Lamar Alexander, Tennessee, Ryan Loskarn, Hill, U.S. Senate, ,

Update: Roll Call reports that Loskarn has been arrested.

Responding to the news that his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, was being investigated by the authorities for allegations of child pornography, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander announced on Wednesday that he had placed Loskarn on administrative leave without pay.

In an official statement, Alexander said, “I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office regarding allegations involving child pornography. I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation.”

According to Roll Call, Loskarn is a longtime congressional employee, and was named one of Roll Call’s 2011 “Fabulous 50″ congressional staffers.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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