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Ryan Loskarn due in court on child porn allegations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WJLA) - Federal law enforcement recovered Monday a hard drive belonging to the fired chief of staff of Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander that contained a huge amount of child pornography, documents say.

The Washington home of Ryan Loskarn, chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander R-Tenn., in the Southeast neighborhood of Barney Circle in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. AP Photo.

Federal authorities say that Ryan Loskarn is expected in federal court Tuesday, a day after the aide's arrest on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography charges.

Loskarn had worked up to increasingly important posts in the U.S. House and Senate over a decade. Messages left for Loskarn were not immediately returned.

Alexander, a former Tennessee governor and past U.S. Secretary of Education, said Wednesday that he was "stunned, surprised and disappointed" by the allegations.

He said in his statement that Loskarn has been placed on administrative leave without pay and that his office is fully cooperating with the investigation. In court Thursday, prosecutors argued for him to be held because he was a flight risk.

According to court documents obtained by POLITICO, Loskarn was tracked down by law enforcement during an investigation into a company that produced pornographic movies and sold them online. During an investigation of the company's records, they discovered that Loskarn was a customer.

Further investigation alleges that an IP address registered to Loskarn registered the download of several videos depicting child pornography.

On Monday, when law enforcement agents served a search warrant at his Washington home, Loskarn was found leaning out a window allegedly trying to get rid of a portable hard drive, which was recovered. Officials say that there were hundreds of child porn videos on the drive.

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