U.S. senator's former aide facing child porn charges found dead -police

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Posted: Jan 24, 2014 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former top U.S. Senate aide who was awaiting trial on child pornography charges was found dead of a possible suicide, a Maryland sheriff's department said on Friday.

Jesse Loskarn, 35, a former chief of staff to Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, was found dead in the basement of his family's home in Sykesville, Maryland, on Thursday, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. A preliminary investigation indicates he may have taken his own life, the statement said.

Loskarn was arrested last month by U.S. postal agents on suspicion of possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

Alexander, who is seeking a third term this year, fired Loskarn following his arrest.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Chris Reese)