WASHINGTON -- The home of the chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was searched by law enforcement officials in connection with a child pornography investigation, the Tennessee Republican said Wednesday.
Ryan Loskarn, 35, who was named Alexander's chief of staff in 2011, has been placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a statement from Alexander.
“I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned," Alexander said. "The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."
The Postal Inspection Service, the lead investigation agency on the case, released a statement as well.
"The U.S. Postal Inspection Service was in Southeast D.C. this morning in regards to law enforcement action," said U.S. Postal Inspector Lori McCallister. "All documents related to this law enforcement action are currently under seal, therefore no additional information will be provided at this time."
UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. -- Loskarn, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography, a Justice Department spokesman told The Huffington Post. He will remain in custody and is expected to appear in federal court in D.C. tomorrow. Loskarn has been fired as Alexander's chief-of-staff, his office announced late Wednesday.
“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," Alexander said in a statement. "Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll."