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Child pornography charges filed against former Illinois Rep. Keith Farnham

Keith Farnham, a former Democratic Illinois State Representative, was charged with possession of child pornography on Monday, according to a Chicago Tribune report published on Monday afternoon. The former Illinois representative resigned from the Illinois state House of Representatives last month after federal agents raided his office. The raid was conducted in connection with the child pornography concerns, as two child pornography videos were taken from a computer in his office at the time.

Former Illinois Rep. Keith Farnham
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Agents, who were conducting the search proceedings, executed a search warrant on computers in Farnham’s office in March. The search warrant was executed after cybercrime authorities found that an email address linked to the computer had been used to engage in the trade of pornographic images. Additionally, the pornographic images were those of children, according to a New York Daily News report.

The troubles began for Farnham when officials from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations team searched both Farnham’s office and his home. Initially, it was not stated as to what the authorities with the investigative team were searching for. Several days after the search at his home and office, Farnham resigned from his elective position in Illinois. At that time, health concerns were given as the reason for his resignation.

The political office where the computers had the pornographic images of children were in Elgin, Illinois, at Farnham’s office. The computer containing the actual inappropriate and illegal videos was labeled as being “property of the state of Illinois House of Representatives.” If former Rep. Keith Farnham is convicted, he could be incarcerated for up to 10 years in prison and receive a fine of $250,000. The former Democratic politician from Illinois, who is 66 years of age and is married and has one child, is scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday.

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