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Update: Former Alexander Aide Makes First Appearance In Court

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senator's former chief of staff has made his first court appearance in Washington on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

   Ryan Loskarn was fired as chief of staff for Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander yesterday after his arrest. A judge has agreed to hold him until a preliminary hearing on Monday.

   According to a federal court filing, police used a ram to enter his home yesterday and noticed that he put something on a ledge outside a window. The filing says it turned out to be a portable hard drive with videos depicting child pornography.
   The filing said U.S. postal inspectors had been investigating a movie production company -- a majority of whose films featured young nude boys. It said they found that Loskarn had made several purchases from the company in 2010 and 2011.

   According to the filing, investigators in October identified Loskarn's residential IP address on a peer-to-peer network offering files that authorities said had names "that are consistent with child pornography."

   Loskarn was a rising star on Capitol Hill. He had spent the past decade working his way up to increasingly important posts in the House and then the Senate.

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