ELGIN, Ill., April 29 (UPI) -- A former member of the Illinois legislature who supported bills for longer sentences for child pornography now faces federal child pornography charges.
In a complaint filed Monday, federal investigators charged that Keith Farnham, 66, used state computers as well as his personal computer to trade pornography and chat online with others who shared his predeliction.
Farnham allegedly said in one online exchange: “12 is about as old as i can handle. i love them at 6 7 8.”
As a legislator, Farnham co-sponsored two bills to toughen penalties for child pornography. He faces up to 10 years in prison if he is found guilty on the federal charges and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Farnham, a Democrat from Elgin, 35 miles north of Chicago, resigned his seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in mid-March, four days after his home computer was seized. At the time, he said he was leaving for health reasons.
Federal investigators say that an email address was identified in November as one used to trade child pornography. They discovered the address also appeared in online discussions about pornography and sex with children.
The address was allegedly eventually linked to Farnham.
Farnham, who owns a painting business in Elgin, had been in the state legislature since 2009.