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Former Senate Aide Ryan Loskarn Commits Suicide

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The Maryland medical examiner's office says the former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander committed suicide just weeks after his arrest on child pornography charges.

Ryan Loskarn, 35, reportedly hanged himself in his parents home. Last month, a federal judge released him on his own recognizance and allowed him to live with his parents while awaiting trial on the condition he not leave the house or use the internet.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office says family members reported finding Loskarn unresponsive in the basement where he had been living.

He was pronounced dead in Sykesville, Md., shortly after noon yesterday.

The former top aide was charged with possession and attempted distribution of child pornography. He was scheduled to appear in federal court next month.

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