A 32-year-old Orange, man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jason Ryan Bickham pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Sep. 17, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

According to information presented in court, law enforcement authorities were alerted by a citizen that Bickham had images containing child pornography on his cellular phone. Bickham provided officers consent to search the phone. A forensic analysis of Bickham’s phone revealed multiple images and videos of child pornography. Bickham was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 4.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Bickham faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Orange Police Department and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall LO. Fluke.