Last month, Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham announced his immediate resignation from the position. Though he said at the time his decision was based on health concerns, his recent arrest cast doubt on the actual reason behind the Democrat’s move.
The 66-year-old had state-owned computers seized by federal authorities just before his resignation; and along with evidence found on his personal computers, officials prepared multiple charges related to child pornography and allegations of sexual abuse.
An investigation reportedly began into Farnham’s online activity when the Department of Homeland Security received a tip that a specific email account was being used to exchange child pornography.
Not only did officials determine he was involved in a conspiracy to trade hundreds of videos and images of child pornography; he admitted to raping a six-year-old girl in one online chat and expressed his twisted predilection during a number of other conversations.
“12 is about as old as i [sic] can handle,” he wrote in one exchange. “i love them at 6 7 8 [sic].”