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 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.
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.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert said the measure was necessary to protect the public because the patio at former state Rep. Keith Farnham’s condo is shared with a family that has a 7-year-old boy.
Federal prosecutors have said a state-owned computer seized from Keith Farnham’s office contained at least two videos depicting child pornography.
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. They contained child pornography images, authorities said.
Federal agents were searching for child pornography when they seized computers from former state Rep. Keith Farnham’s home and offices this month, according to a search warrant released to The Associated Press on Saturday.