BREAKING: IL Democrat Rep. Charged With Possession of Child Porn ON STATE OFFICE COMPUTER
Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, April 28, 2014, 5:47 PM
Former Rep. Keith Farnham, 66, announced his resignation in March, one day after he won the Democratic primary, running unopposed. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune)
In March 2014 authorities from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations seized electronics from Illinois Democrat Keith Farnham’s state office.
Today Democrat Keith Farnham was charged with possession of child pornography on his work computer in his state office in Elgin.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham was charged today with possession of child pornography more than a month after he abruptly resigned after federal agents raided his home and state office.
The federal charges alleged that Farnham, 66, of Elgin, possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin in March. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago on Wednesday.
When he resigned his seat on March 19, Farnham told the Tribune he was stepping down due to serious health concerns. A Navy veteran who ran a painting business in Elgin before running for office in 2009, Farnham said he is receiving treatment for bladder cancer and also struggles with pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that causes lung tissue to scar.
Federal agents executed a search warrant at Farnham’s office and residence in Elgin on March 13. Several computers and electronic storage devices were recovered that contained child pornography images, including the two charged videos, according to the complaint unsealed today.
The office computer that contained the videos was labeled “PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.”
According to a criminal complaint, homeland security agents were investigating information received from its Cyber Crimes Center that an email address was being used to trade child pornography on the Internet.