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Sen. Lamar Alexander staffer arrested for child porn

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Agents raided Loskarn's Washington, D.C. home Wednesday morning. (Courtesy: WJLA.com) Agents raided Loskarn's Washington, D.C. home Wednesday morning. (Courtesy: WJLA.com)
Ryan Loskarn (Courtesy: Facebook.com) Ryan Loskarn (Courtesy: Facebook.com)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, has been fired from his position at the lawmaker's Washington D.C. office after he was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges.

Agents with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service raided Loskarn's Washington, D.C. home and found hundreds of videos of minors engaged in sexual acts on an external hard drive.

A complaint filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. Thursday also claims Loskarn bought and received a number of DVDs showing child pornography.

He is also accused of downloading several files, containing pornographic images of children.

Loskarn was taken away from his residence in handcuffs in an unmarked SUV following the early morning raid Wednesday.  He remains in federal custody. A hearing will be held Thursday afternoon.

Sen. Alexander was informed of the raid Wednesday morning and said he was "stunned, surprised and disappointed" by what he learned.

He said he was cooperating with the investigation and gave investigators permission to search Loskarn's computer at his Washington, D.C. office.

Loskarn was first placed on administrative leave before he was ultimately fired.

"The courts will judge Mr. Loskarn's guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff of this office. Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll," Alexander said.

Prior to working for Sen. Alexander, Loskarn spent time as a spokesperson for Tennessee congressional member Marsha Blackburn from 2003 to 2007.

Blackburn told News 2 she is "shocked, saddened and stunned" by the allegations.

Loskarn also has a long history of working in the nation's capitol.
 
He worked four years at the Senate Republican Conference before going to Sen. Alexander's office.  He spent two and a half of those years as staff director.

Loskarn was once named to one of Roll Call's "Fabulous 50 Movers and Shakers" on Capitol Hill.

He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with degrees in political science and history.

Senator Alexander announces new chief of staff

Late Wednesday afternoon, Senator Alexander announced that he has named David Clearly as his chief of staff.

"David has worked with me for eight years and fortunately is well-prepared to step into this position," Alexander said in a release.

Cleary severed as Alexander's legislative director since 2011 and as Republican staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee since 2012.

He has been working with Alexander since 2006.

Alexander is a former Tennessee governor and has also served as the U.S. Secretary of Education. He was first elected to the Senate in 2002.

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