U.S. senator's former aide facing child porn charges found dead in Sykesville
By By Justin George and Blair Ames and Baltimore Sun Media Group
Jan 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM
A former top aide to a U.S. Senator facing federal child pornography charges has been found dead at his Sykesville family's home in a possible suicide, Carroll County Sheriff's officials said Friday.
Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, a former adviser to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, was found unresponsive by family members about noon Thursday in his family's basement, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Bruce Goldfarb, spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland, said the case has been classified as suicide.
Sheriff's officials said Loskarn had been living with his family at the home in the 6400 block of Ken Mar Drive since December.
U.S. postal agents arrested Loskarn on suspicion of possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography, according to federal court records. Alexander, who is seeking a third term this year, fired Loskarn following his arrest.
"For everyone involved, this is a sad and tragic story from beginning to end," Alexander, a Republican who represents Tennessee, said in a statement.
No one answered the door Friday afternoon at the family home, which sits at the end of a dead end street in the quiet Sykesville neighborhood. No police were present, but four news organizations were at the scene.
Pamela S. Satterfield, Loskarn's lead attorney, declined comment on Friday.
According to federal court records, Loskarn was born and raised in Maryland. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans and spent most of his professional life working on Capitol Hill. He had been living in a home in Southeast D.C. that he has owned since 2009 until a judge required that he stay with his parents after his arrest.
The investigation that led to Loskarn's arrest began in 2010. According to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court of D.C., the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Toronto Police Service began investigating a movie production company that offered DVDs and streaming videos for sale, a majority of which featured young nude boys.
A review of customer invoices and purchase summaries, as well as postal service records, led authorities to believe Loskarn had made several purchases between November 2010 and March 2011, court records said.
Early last October, postal inspectors identified Loskarn's IP address on a network offering files with names that were consistent with child pornography.
On Dec. 11, investigators executed a search warrant at Loskarn's D.C. home. When no one answered, officers rammed the door. According to the court records, as investigators went in, one noticed Loskarn leaning out a second-floor window and placing something on the ledge before closing the window. It was found to be a portable hard-drive, and a computer forensic examiner inspected the hard drive and found child pornography on it, court documents stated.
On Dec. 12, Loskarn was charged with possessing child pornography and attempting to distribute child pornography.
His attorneys requested the judge release Loskarn to his family. In a memorandum in support of his pre-trial release, Loskarn's attorneys said his professional history and community ties should be considered.
"He has no history of drug or alcohol abuse and Mr. Loskarn's background suggests that he is a decent, hardworking, loyal employee, friend and family member," Loskarn's attorneys said in a court filing. His attorneys suggested Loskarn submit to law enforcement monitoring, surrender his passport and undergo a mental health evaluation.
A judge agreed with the stipulations and ordered him confined to his parents' home 24-hours a day, except for court or health related matters.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola placed Loskarn in a "high intensity supervision program" and prohibited him from using the Internet, which his parents promised to enforce.