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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN. (Source: U.S. Senate/MGN) Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN. (Source: U.S. Senate/MGN)
Loskarn's neighbor said at least one computer was taken out of the house, along with other evidence. Agents also reportedly went to Sen. Alexander's office searching for Loskarn's computer. Loskarn's neighbor said at least one computer was taken out of the house, along with other evidence. Agents also reportedly went to Sen. Alexander's office searching for Loskarn's computer.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander's already announced a new chief of staff, following the news of an investigation into Ryan Loskarn, his former chief of staff.

A search began at the home of Loskarn, who, until Wednesday, was the chief of staff at Sen. Alexander's Washington, D.C. office. He was eventually led from the home in handcuffs by U.S. Postal Inspectors.

Loskarn's neighbor said at least one computer was taken out of the house, along with other evidence. Agents also reportedly went to Sen. Alexander's office searching for Loskarn's computer.

In response to the investigation, Sen. Alexander named David Cleary as his new chief of staff. Cleary has worked with Alexander for eight years and "fortunately is well-prepared to step into this position."

Senator Alexander released the following statement regarding the child pornography investigation:

"Earlier today, I was informed by the United States Senate legal counsel's office that law enforcement agents were conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, who has been chief of staff of my Washington, D.C., office, regarding allegations involving child pornography. 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. The office is fully cooperating with the investigation."

According to Roll Call, the "source for news on Capitol Hill," Loskarn also used to work as the communications director for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), among other House representatives.

"I am shocked, saddened, and stunned by these allegations," said Rep. Blackburn in a written statement.

"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," said Sen. Alexander in a written statement. "Therefore, as of today, I have removed him from the payroll."

Cleary has been Alexander's legislative director since 2011, but working with the senator since 2006.

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