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Illinois Former Representative Facing Child Pornography Charges After Resigning

By Rebeka Silva r.silva@hngn.com | Apr 28, 2014 08:11 PM EDT

Keith Farnham, former Illinois state representative
Keith Farnham, former Illinois state representative, has been accused of handling or creating child pornography after resigning on March 19. (Photo : Wikipedia Commons)

A former state representative who abruptly resigned earlier this year following a federal raid faces child-pornography charges, according to the New York Daily News.

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Keith Farnham, 66, of Elgin was charged Monday with possession of child pornography, in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the Daily News reported. Farnham resigned his seat in the Illinois General Assembly on March 19.

Possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the Daily News.

Farnham allegedly possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin in March, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release, according to the Daily News. Federal agents linked Farnham to an email account that was used to send and receive child pornography, prosecutors said.

Farnham was not arrested but an initial court appearance has been set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, the Daily News reported.

Federal agents on March 13 executed a federal search warrant at Farnham's office and residence in Elgin, and several computers and electronic storage devices were recovered, according to the Daily News. They contained child pornography images, according to a complaint affidavit.

The office computer that contained the videos was labeled "PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES," the U.S. Attorney's Office said, the Daily News reported.

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