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Senate Aide Arrested On Child Pornography Charges Ordered Held

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A former Senate aide arrested on child pornography charges could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Ryan Loskarn, the former chief of staff to Tennesee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, made his first appearance in court today after being arrested yesterday for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Wearing jeans and fleece — apparently the same clothes he was arrested in — the 35-year-old Senate aide was asked by the judge if he understood that he was facing serious charges.

"Yes sir," he replied.

Court documents state that Loskarn was arrested at his home in Southeast D.C. following a joint investigation by Toronto police and the U.S. Postal service.

Authorities say when they arrived at the house, Loskarn didn't answer, forcing  police to use a ram to break through the front door. When they found Loskarn on the second floor, they noticed that he had leaned out the window to place something on the roof. That's when they found a portable hard drive containing what they allege are videos of child pornography.

Loskarn will remain in federal custody until a bond hearing on Monday.

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