Anti-Gun, Brady Campaign Endorsed, Dem. Lawmaker Faces Horrendous Child Pornography Charges
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Disclaimer: An arrest does not mean guilty and everyone has the presumption of innocence until found guilty by a court of law.
According to several media reports, former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham is now facing charges related to owning and distributing child pornography. Farnham resigned his position last month citing health concerns, but it is more than likely the resignation was due in part to these charges.
According to the Chicago Tribune,
The federal criminal complaint alleged that Farnham, 66, a Democrat from Elgin, possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin a week before his abrupt resignation in March. Authorities also linked a Yahoo! email account used by Farnham to a online trading forum in which he chatted with other users about his sexual preferences, according to the charges.
“12 is about as old as i can handle,” Farnham allegedly said in one online chat in November, according to the charges. “i love them at 6 7 8…”
In one online conversation in November with a person identified only as “User A,” Farnham allegedly described in detail a sexual encounter with a 6-year-old girl.
According to Project Vote Smart, an online resource that tracks the positions and records of politicians on various issues, it looks like Farnham was clearly on the anti-gun side of things.
Vote Smart shows that Farnham voted in favor of limiting the number of guns purchased in a 30 day period. It also shows that he has 0% and “F” ratings from the NRA. He was also endorsed by the anti-gun group the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2010.
To be fair, Farnham did vote in favor of Illinois’ new concealed carry law, but considering that law was only passed because of a court order I’m not giving too much credit there.
Farnham is currently under house arrest as he awaits trial.