WASHINGTON — A former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who faced charges of possessing and distributing child pornography hanged himself and died Thursday in a Maryland home, his family and police officials said Friday.
Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, was found dead around noon Thursday in the basement of his parents' house in Sykesville, Md., according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Loskarn died after hanging himself, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland.
Known as a fast-rising GOP operative on Capitol Hill, Loskarn began his career working for House lawmakers, moved next to the Senate Republican messaging shop and finally served as chief of staff to Alexander.
But Loskarn's rapid rise ended last month when he was arrested at his home and arraigned on federal child pornography charges. According to a criminal complaint, Loskarn purchased several videos between November 2010 and March 2011 from a movie production company that was under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Toronto Police Service.
"For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end," Alexander said in a statement Friday.