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Harris County Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Child Pornography Possession

HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit and the Houston-Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Houston resident and registered sex offender Jason Randolph Bush, 30, Wednesday for child pornography possession.

The Cyber Crimes Unit’s investigation of Bush stemmed from the defendant’s graphic online chats with persons he thought were an adult female and her young daughter. The “adult female” and “young daughter” profiles actually belonged to an undercover police officer with the Cyber Crimes Unit. According to state investigators, Bush offered to meet and sexually assault the underage girl.

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Upon determining that the suspect was a registered sex offender for a 2003 federal conviction of possessing child pornography, law enforcement officers with the Cyber Crimes Unit and the Houston-Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force traveled to Bush’s residence Wednesday and conducted a search. According to the Houston-Metro ICAC’s initial forensic examination, one of Bush’s computers contained illicit images of children being sexually assaulted.

Bush faces three third-degree felony counts of child pornography possession, each punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He remains in custody at the Harris County Jail.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting online child predators. In 2003, he created the Cyber Crimes Unit, which protects children from online sexual exploitation. The Cyber Crimes Unit and the Fugitive Unit, which locates sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole, have combined to arrest more than 2,100 child sex predators.

For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.