A 15-year-old girl and three of her classmates recorded consensual sex acts one week ago, and posted the video on Twitter. The girl’s mother found out about the video, and reported the Twitter post to police, who seized the original recording.
U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang also ordered former state Rep. Keith Farnham to begin serving that prison term in two months, denying his attorneys request to allow him to stay on house arrest and die at home.
A federal judge faces questions about terminal illness and just punishment when he sentences a former Illinois lawmaker for compiling and trading hundreds of pornographic images online of toddlers and other children.
A judge in Keith Farnham’s child pornography case is taking the rare step of moving the ex-Illinois lawmaker’s sentencing from Chicago’s federal courthouse to a venue closer to the Democrat’s suburban home.
Thursday’s filing asks a federal judge to impose the minimum prison sentence on former state Rep. Keith Farnham. The Elgin Democrat faces between five and 20 years for transporting child pornography. Sentencing is scheduled for March 19.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin says that 68-year-old Edward J. McMenamin pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one child pornography count. He faces up to 30 years in state prison when he’s sentenced in May.
Judge Edmond Chang says in an order filed Friday that the Democrat seems “physically capable” of attending the hearing. He adds there are “victim interests at stake” in sticking to the March 19 sentencing date.
Prosecutors want a federal judge in Chicago to go ahead with the sentencing of former Illinois Rep. Keith Farnham on a child pornography conviction despite illness that could soon take his life.
Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra, an associate pastor at Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church, has been charged with one count of reproduction of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.
A northwest suburban man is facing 10 child pornography charges after authorities found explicit images and videos featuring children under 13 at his home and office, according to police.
Andrew Castro, 26; and Levi Castro, 29, were arrested Friday morning after officers executed a search warrant at their Crest Hill home.
Authorities began investigating 47-year-old Albert Galus in December 2011 after he took his computer in for repair and a technician found a video of child pornography on the machine, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s office.
Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham pleaded guilty to child pornography charges on Friday, after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
A defense filing this week said Elgin Democrat Keith Farnham intends to plead guilty in federal court in Chicago on Friday as part of a plea deal.
A lawyer for Elgin Democrat Keith Farnham said Monday during a hearing in Chicago federal court that his client is negotiating a plea deal. If that falls through, attorney Terry Ekl says Farnham could still plead guilty without a deal or choose to still go to trial.
A lawyer for a former Illinois state representative charged with child pornography has told a federal judge his client is talking with prosecutors about a possible plea agreement.
Police first responded to a Blue Island home regarding a report of domestic battery. While there, police found Richard Fowler’s cell phone turned on, displaying three images of minors engaged in sex acts.
Keith Farnham entered the plea Tuesday at a federal courthouse in Chicago. A federal grand jury returned an indictment last month charging the 66-year-old Elgin Democrat with possessing, receiving and transporting child pornography.
A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment on Thursday and the Keith Farnham was charged with one count each of possessing child pornography involving a minor under age 12, one count of receiving child pornography and two counts of transporting child pornography.
Jose Reyes, 28, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated kidnapping and production of child pornography. If convicted, he faces 24 years to life in prison.