Rosenberg Man Convicted of Multiple Child Pornography
HOUSTON – A 23-year-old man from Rosenberg has entered a
guilty plea to sexual exploitation of a child, distribution and possession of
child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
Ryan Glen Colburn first came to the attention of law
enforcement after he had sent images of child pornography to another individual
who had been arrested for child pornography. Federal agents executed a search
warrant at Colburn’s residence and performed a forensic examination on his
computer. This exam showed Colburn was in possession of more than 1,100
images and 200 videos of young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct
which included children under the age of 12, bondage and acts of violence. Some
of the images are of known victims as identified through the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children.
Further, Colburn produced 25 images and six videos of a
two-year-old minor which would constitute child pornography.
Agents also executed a search warrant on Colburn’s Dropbox
account which contained more than 600 images and 400 videos of child
During the plea today, Colburn admitted to taking sexually
explicit photographs and videos of a two-year-old minor. Colburn further
admitted he traded these images with other individuals online.
U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas accepted the plea and set
sentencing for July 5, 2017. At that time, Colburn faces a minimum of 15 and up
to 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography, up to 20
years imprisonment for distribution as well as a maximum of 10 years for the
possession of child pornography. All charges also carry a possible penalty of a
$250,000 maximum fine.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the Investigation.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly
Ann Leo, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative
launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing
epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States
Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity
Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to
locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and
to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe
Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety
education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc
and click on the tab "resources."