(WASHINGTON) -- Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was arrested on Wednesday based on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography charges.
Loskarn, 35, the chief of staff in Alexander's Washington, D.C., office, had been placed on administrative leave after the child pornography allegations surfaced, the senator said Wednesday.
Law enforcement agents are also searching Loskarn's home.
Alexander said, "I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned. Based on this information, I immediately placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay."
Loskarn has worked on Capitol Hill for years, previously working in the offices of former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
A Justice Department spokesman said Loskarn will remain in custody until a hearing in federal court, which is expected to be set for Thursday.
Alexander said he has named David Cleary as his new chief of staff. Alexander also added that his office is cooperating with the investigation.
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