|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 43rd district
January 6, 2009 – March 18, 2014
|Preceded by||Ruth Munson|
|Succeeded by||Anna Moeller|
September 22, 1947 |
|Alma mater||University of Maine|
|Profession||small business owner|
|Service/branch||U.S. Navy Reserve|
|Years of service||1964–1968|
Keith Farnham (born 1947) is a Democratic former member of the Illinois House of Representatives, who represented the 43rd district from January 2009 until March 2014. The suburban Chicago district included portions of Elgin, Carpentersville, East Dundee and South Elgin. Currently a small business owner, Farnham served in the United States Navy from 1964 through 1968.
On March 18, 2014, four days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized computer equipment from his home and constituent service office, for suspicion of violation of child pornography laws, Representative Farnham resigned. On April 27, 2014, he was charged with "using both personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of images and videos depicting child pornography and engage in graphic online chats in which he allegedly bragged about sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl."  Farnham, 66, has been allowed to remain free on house arrest at his Elgin condominium pending his trial, though Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert did not allow him to use the patio at his residence while on an ankle bracelet, since the patio shares access with a larger courtyard near where a young child lives. He must not use the Internet or leave the condominium without prior approval from the court, and his wife Susan has agreed to ensure that Farnham does not leave, and to notify pretrial services if Farnham tries to use the Internet without permission. She must keep her computer password and her cell phone protected from Farnham and must lock up her iPad and laptop when not at home. The judge said Farnham could open his windows, and if a more secure way could be found to be on the patio, he might reconsider his earlier denial. Farnham has said he is suffering from potentially terminal illnesses, and needs a lung transplant; he is represented by attorney Terry Ekl. It is unclear when his trial will start. In a November 2013 online chat, according to the charges, he had stated that "12 is about as old as i can handle" and that "I love them at 6 7 8." A single count of knowingly possessing a video or image of child pornography, which is always a felony, is usually punishable by about 5 years in prison (the legal age in the U.S. or its states for display in pornography is usually 17 or 18).
- Staff Report (2014-03-18). "Report says Elgin Dem Farnham to resign". The Courier-News. Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
- Representative Keith Farnham (D) 43rd District at the Illinois General Assembly
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Rep. Keith Farnham at Illinois House Democrats
- Collected news and commentary at the Chicago Tribune
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