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Tenn. senator's fired chief of staff back in court

AP • Dec 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

WASHINGTON — The fired chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is returning to court in Washington after his arrest on charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography.

Ryan Loskarn was arrested Wednesday, and the 35-year-old made his first appearance in court Thursday. At the time, a judge ordered him held until a hearing Monday.

In asking that Loskarn remain in custody, a prosecutor argued he was a flight risk and a danger to society. He faces up to 10 years on the possession charge and five to 20 years on the distribution charge.

Loskarn had served for two years as chief of staff for Republican Alexander.

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