Illinois Democrat Has Computers Seized in Kiddie Porn Investigation

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Keith Farnham2A kiddie porn investigation had Federal agents searching for child pornography on computers taken from a former Illinois State Representative.

Keith Farnham, a three-term Democrat, abruptly resigned for “health reasons,” less than a week after federal agents executed search warrants at his home and district office. Farnham had his offices in Springfield and Elgin searched on March 14 by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, which removed several pieces of equipment.

Hat tip Local Chicago Trib:

Federal agents sought evidence of child pornography last week when they seized computers from the Elgin district office of former state Rep. Keith Farnham, who resigned Wednesday, according to a search warrant released Friday.

 

In addition, a federal agent on Thursday took a laptop computer that Farnham used in the Illinois House chamber, and last week agents removed a computer from a legislative office building next to the Capitol, according to the documents and an interview with a state technology official.

 

Asked about the child pornography matter, Farnham, 66, said Friday in a phone interview: “I can’t comment about any of it.”

 

Farnham handed in his resignation on Wednesday, saying he was “battling serious health issues for a number of years.” He had won the Democratic primary on Tuesday, running unopposed.

 

Democratic leaders from the area will choose Farnham’s replacement.

 

An attachment to the March 7 warrant to search Farnham’s district office indicated agents were searching for “documents in any format and medium pertaining to the possession, receipt or distribution of child pornography” as well as computer files, copies and negatives of child pornography or any documents that depicted minors “engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”

Farnham, who took office in 2009, is listed as the co-sponsor on two state bills that sought to increase the penalties on individuals who possess child pornography in certain circumstances.

One bill states that child pornography or aggravated child pornography that does not involve mere possession shall be deemed crimes of violence. The other increases the penalties for individuals that film child porn.

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