Criminal complaint filed in Washington, DC federal court says former Alexander aide bought, tried to distribute child porn.

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Ryan Loskarn, who until this week was chief of staff to Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, was arraigned and charged with two felony crimes today as part of a child pornography investigation.

Loskarn. 35 was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography before U.S. Magistrate John Facciola in Washington.

The possession charge carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The distribution charge carries a potential 20 years.

Loskarn wll have a preliminary hearing Monday in s which he will enter a plea and his lawyers try to arrange bail.

In the meantime he is being held by the U.S. marshal as a flight risk and danger to the community, Justice Department officials said.

According to the criminal complaint against him, Loskarn bought DVDs from a movie production company whose films typically "feature nude young boys" and attempted to share a pornographic film from a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice today.

Ryan Loskarn made several purchases from the movie production company between November 2010 and March 2011, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

And an Internet address identified with Loskarn's residence was connected to a sexually explicit 28-minute video involving a girl between the ages of 6 and 9 and an adult male, an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service found.

The video file was "offered for download on October 5, 2013 from Loskarn's IP address," the document says.

The complaint also says Loskarn appeared to place an external Toshiba hard drive outside a second-floor window as federal agents began to execute a search warrant on his house in southeast Washington on Wednesday. A computer forensic examiner later found "digital videos depicting child pornography within the hard drive."

Alexander fired Loskarn, who had been his top aide for nearly two years, after learning of the raid on his home Wednesday. Loskarn is scheduled to appear in court in Washington this afternoon.

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