Posted on | December 12, 2013 | 69 Comments
That’s a description of what the cops found on an external hard drive when they arrested a top Senate GOP aide:
Ryan Loskarn, the now ex-chief of staff for GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), appeared in federal court on Thursday after being arrested and charged with possessing and distributing child pornography.
A nervous Loskarn, whose hands were visibly shaking, was detained as a flight risk and because he is a threat given his alleged crimes involving children. Loskarn said nothing in court except his name and was wearing the same gray sweatshirt and jeans that he had on when he was arrested on Wednesday. . . .
A “Statement of Facts” released by the Justice Department on Thursday alleged that Loskarn had been viewing and sharing child pornography with others for several years, a claim that stunned Alexander and Loskarn’s many friends and colleagues on Capitol Hill. . . .
According to the complaint, Loskarn, 35, made “several purchases” between November 2010 and March 2011 from a Toronto-based movie production company operating a website that offered DVDs via mail and streaming video. The court documents said “the majority of these films featured young nude boys.”
Starting in October 2010, the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service and the Toronto Police began investigating the company. A “review of the customer invoices and purchase summary” revealed Loskarn billing and shipping address in Washington, D.C., according to the document.
In October 2013, the postal service also found Loskarn’s residential IP address on the “Gnutella peer-to-peer network offering files with names that are consistent with child pornography broadcasting as a download candidate.” . . .