“Anti-Child Porn” Illinois Dem Charged With Possession of Child Porn

How could someone who seemed so anti-child porn in his official capacity as state representative act in the opposite manner in his personal life? I think there’s a word for that kind of person. Oh yeah:  hypocrite.

His co-sponsorship of bills that called for harsher punishments for those in possession of child porn were just covers. Recently in March, Democratic state representative Keith Farnham resigned shortly after police raided his state office in Elgin and found child pornography on his office computer. Farnham resigned about a week after their raid, but his resignation had nothing to do with what investigators found. He claimed he had to leave due to “health concerns.” It was either going to be that excuse, or that he wanted to “spend more time with family.” That’s usually the preferred excuse, so I’m guessing he doesn’t have much family to tend to, being that he’s 66 years old. So, apparently he’s got bladder cancer and pulmonary fibrosis, and that’s the reason for his abrupt resignation that just happened to be right after a raid on his office that found child porn on his computer. Uh-huh.

The investigation showed that Farnham had used both his personal and his office computers to trade hundreds of pictures and videos of child pornography. It also uncovered online chats where Farnham would brag about molesting a 6-year-old girl. The Chicago Tribune reported:

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”

Farnham – who twice co-sponsored bills in the House that toughened penalties for child pornography — is scheduled to make his initial appearance at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on Wednesday.

When he resigned his seat on March 19, Farnham told the Tribune he was stepping down due to serious health concerns…

Farnham did not return calls for comment Monday. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to the charges, the investigation began when homeland security agents received a tip from its Cyber Crimes Center that email address [email protected] was being used to trade child pornography on the Internet.

A search of Yahoo! logs showed a series of graphic instant messenger conversations between last June and January in which kimdavid5582 allegedly chatted with three other users about sexual preferences and exploits, according to the charges. Authorities later traced the Internet usage to the Comcast account at Farnham’s home, according to the charges.

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.

In another chat a few weeks later, Farnham allegedly told User A, “i wish i had access to all the vids and pics ever made.”

Of course, if Farnham had been a Republican who campaigned on a “family values” platform, this would be front-page news everywhere (perhaps with good reason). But because he’s a Democrat, it’s nothing more than a local story. There’s really no such thing as a hypocritical Democrat. That’s mainly because they have no moral standards.