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Police are searching the D.C. home of Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander‘s chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, on allegations regarding child pornography.

It’s unclear at this point which law enforcement agency is conducting the search. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department said she had no information on the case.

Alexander announced news of the search in a press release:

I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of Ryan Loskarn, the 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.

Loskarn previously served as staff director of the Senate Republican Conference (and for Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn before that) and was named to the chief of staff post in November 2011. He’s been ranked on Roll Call’s Fabulous 50 list.

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