Former Ill. Rep. Keith Farnham charged with possession of child pornography

[FILE] Illinois Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, argues sales tax holiday legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

April 30, 2014 3:56:52 PM PDT
Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham was charged Monday with possession of child pornography in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Farnham allegedly possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin in March. Farnham was not arrested and no date has been set yet for him to appear voluntarily for an initial appearance in Federal Court.

Farnham resigned his seat in the Illinois General Assembly on March 19.

A federal search warrant was executed at Farnham's office and Elgin residence in March, and several computers and electronic storage devices containing child pornography images were recovered, including the two charged videos, according to the complaint affidavit. The office computer that contained the videos was labeled "Property of the State of Illinois House of Representatives."

Possession of child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.