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Elgin officials shocked by child porn investigation of ex-Rep. Farnham
Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-26-2014 | Stephanie K. Baer

Posted on 03/26/2014 12:34:24 PM PDT by servo1969

Reports that federal agents were looking for evidence of child pornography when they seized computers from the Elgin district office of former state Rep. Keith Farnham shocked local officials who said the lawmaker was well-liked and active in the community.

"I couldn't even fathom it. I was stunned," said former Elgin Mayor Ed Schock, adding that Farnham always worked on the city's behalf.

Farnham has not been accused of any crime.

Federal agents were searching for documents "pertaining to the possession, receipt or distribution of child pornography" as well as computer files, copies and negatives of child pornography or any documents that depicted minors "engaged in sexually explicit conduct," according to a search warrant released Friday.

Farnham, 66, a Navy veteran who ran a painting business in Elgin before running for office, announced his resignation Wednesday, saying he had been "battling serious health issues for a number of years." He won the Democratic primary the day before, running unopposed.

(Excerpt) Read more at articles.chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: child; democrat; elgin; farnham; illinois; keithfarnham; porn
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1 posted on 03/26/2014 12:34:25 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Hey, it only took five paragraphs to mention his party affiliation. BTT


2 posted on 03/26/2014 12:37:26 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: servo1969

I was shocked that they finally mentioned Keith Farnham’s party affiliation, although I was not in any way surprised that he’s a Democrat. That seems to be the party of perverts.


3 posted on 03/26/2014 12:38:07 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: servo1969; windcliff

“Why don’t you take a seat right over here....”


4 posted on 03/26/2014 12:39:13 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: servo1969

So what prompted them to look for child porn ? Nothing mentioned that gives any reason to seize records.


5 posted on 03/26/2014 12:39:14 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: servo1969

6 posted on 03/26/2014 12:41:29 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: onedoug

He was doing research.


7 posted on 03/26/2014 12:44:08 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

Oh. You’re right. My bad, or whatever it’s called these days.


8 posted on 03/26/2014 12:48:34 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: servo1969

creepy dude...and no mention but it is Illinois so I assume a dimorat


9 posted on 03/26/2014 12:54:07 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: servo1969
announced his resignation Wednesday, saying he had been "battling serious health issues for a number of years." He won the Democratic primary the day before, running unopposed.

he resigned the very next day?

10 posted on 03/26/2014 12:55:14 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Beowulf9

They can track who sends child porn back to the sending computer.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: servo1969

People and groups promoting perversion areperverts? Shocking, not


12 posted on 03/26/2014 1:01:32 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Billthedrill

Yep, that is what I was looking to find. I figured if no party affiliation was mentioned he has to be a Democrat.


13 posted on 03/26/2014 1:02:29 PM PDT by A message
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To: Billthedrill

“If the party of the criminal offender is not listed in the first paragraph...odds are that criminal is a Democrat”

Crim’s law


14 posted on 03/26/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: AppyPappy

I know that but they did not reveal that this is the reason they are there. It’s left out there for us to assume they have this as their reason.

Of course he could be guilty of this, but it makes me wonder if someone else was using his computer or some other thing.


15 posted on 03/26/2014 1:11:01 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

I have a friend who worked for the SBI doing these types of cases. They are easy to prosecute. These types usually document all of their crimes by burning DVD’s, contacting people, etc.
Porn is like a drug that robs people of common sense.


16 posted on 03/26/2014 1:14:24 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Farnham, 66, a Navy veteran... won the Democratic primary the day before, running unopposed.

From earlier. Thanks servo1969.


17 posted on 03/26/2014 1:14:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: Billthedrill; Hatteras

That’s the standard Partisan Media Shill (PMS) rule for this kind of thing.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3137592/posts?page=7#7


18 posted on 03/26/2014 1:16:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: servo1969

Why would it shock anyone? The most sanctimonious are frequently the worst offenders. We’ve seen this constantly.


19 posted on 03/26/2014 1:27:53 PM PDT by Seruzawa (I kick @ss for the Lord!)
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To: AppyPappy

I see there are other articles, they’re searching his home as well.

He resigned after these searches began.

Not looking good, here.


20 posted on 03/26/2014 1:34:15 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: A message
I figured if no party affiliation was mentioned he has to be a Democrat.

It was in the title silly:

ex-Rep. Farnham

Rep. stands for Republican........

That's the obvious implication and what everyone sees when they read the title of the article but not the article itself.........it's a clever use of language.

21 posted on 03/26/2014 1:40:37 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: servo1969

This guy sponsored TWO bills to boost child pornography penalties!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/illinois-legislator-investigation-possession-child-pornography-article-1.1730663


22 posted on 03/26/2014 1:47:55 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

They have the especially bad habit of mailing evidence to the police. It’s uncanny how stupid they get.

One guy told the SBI that a hacker put the stuff on his machine. “Did the hacker catalog all these DVD and CD’s we found in your closet?”.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 1:49:11 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy

“One guy told the SBI that a hacker put the stuff on his machine. “Did the hacker catalog all these DVD and CD’s we found in your closet?”.”

Man!

The older I get the more I feel I really don’t know anything.


24 posted on 03/26/2014 1:52:19 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: servo1969

I talked with him at a town hall he held to discuss firearms. He didn’t strike me as that much of a creep. My bet is that he was taking campaign donations from Madigan and tried to play hardball or just rubbed someone the wrong way. He’s lucky he didn’t get himself disappeared.

pols in Illinois are all corrupt only the quick and the dead escape jail time including the Governors.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 1:55:49 PM PDT by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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To: servo1969
Pic at #1....creepy....not the face I'd like to see in a dark alley.

Leni

26 posted on 03/26/2014 1:56:47 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Billthedrill
...it only took five paragraphs to mention his party affiliation.

A few years back they wouldn't have mentioned it at all. I think FreeRepublic has shamed newspapers into a a modicum of honesty...

27 posted on 03/26/2014 2:13:48 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: servo1969

Devil’s advocate: Is there some way someone could have sent it to or put it on his computer without his knowledge?


28 posted on 03/26/2014 2:16:12 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
“Devil’s advocate: Is there some way someone could have sent it to or put it on his computer without his knowledge?”

100%

While I am for harsh punishment in proven child rape cases, the evidence should be much more than only digital files.

The same for locking people up over easily plant-able quantities of drugs.

Right now it is so easy to plant a felony on someone. They would be imprisoned at will and nobody would care since they were made to look like a child pervert or dealer.

29 posted on 03/26/2014 2:41:03 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Seruzawa

Mayor Ed Schock was more Schocked than most.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 2:53:41 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Nifster

Taking directions from his dear leader, Mac daddy the lying pu***.


31 posted on 03/26/2014 4:34:41 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: servo1969

I got my first computer in 1998, some have had one longer to be sure but in the 16 years I’ve had one, I’ve never accidently run across kiddie porn. The adult variety pops up when I am using a search engine and type in some key word that inadvertantly leads me to an adult porn site but even that is rare.

If someone has kiddie porn on their computer, it is by intent.


32 posted on 03/26/2014 6:11:22 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: Pollster1

Someone needs to make a video of Dem corruption in the 21st century. Bribery, public corruption, sexual abuse, etc. one vid per subject. There’s plenty of material


33 posted on 03/26/2014 7:13:04 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

What, who is going to watch a 90 minute video?


34 posted on 03/26/2014 7:13:32 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: servo1969

he was well-liked and active in the community


35 posted on 03/26/2014 7:15:39 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: AppyPappy

A friend of mine repairs infected computers, laptops and cell phones. In 100% of the cases if the owner/user is a man he finds porn on the device. 100% of the time.


36 posted on 03/26/2014 7:19:29 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Graybeard58
If someone has kiddie porn on their computer, it is by intent.

....or planted by nefarious forces. Don't discount that.

37 posted on 03/26/2014 7:20:30 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: infool7

Fast Eddie never served time. You have to know the right people and the right secrets. Daley resigned and traded his seat for Rahm to avoid jailtime.


38 posted on 03/26/2014 7:21:11 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

Don’t some viruses drag porn onto the system?


39 posted on 03/26/2014 7:21:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: varyouga

It’s happened here in Chicago. Rape charges for one fellow and another drug charges. It was terrible even when it doesn’t end in a conviction.


40 posted on 03/26/2014 7:22:22 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: AppyPappy
I have a friend who worked for the SBI doing these types of cases. They are easy to prosecute. These types usually document all of their crimes by burning DVD’s, contacting people, etc.

Yeah, a burnt DVD or a bunch of kiddie-porn contacts would definitely seal the prosecutorial deal.

41 posted on 03/26/2014 7:23:06 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Graybeard58

You’re right. BTW is that your daughter on your homepage?


42 posted on 03/26/2014 7:23:41 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
In 100% of the cases if the owner/user is a man he finds porn on the device. 100% of the time.

Not me. I am well known for my modesty and propriety.

43 posted on 03/26/2014 7:24:05 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

But the dumb women, they get the viruses from beauty product ads.


44 posted on 03/26/2014 7:24:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You’d need to speed it up some or break it up into 90, one minute vids. I suspect that you could do a series and come out with a one minute video every work day. 250 videos or just one a day until election time.


45 posted on 03/26/2014 7:25:02 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Lazamataz

You’re male? Boy, I am losing my touch and all this time I thought you were the cutest, sassiest chick on FR. I am so sorry, man. Those electron flowers and digital chocolates were an accident. Forgive me, please.

I thought all the “Laz would hit it” were due to simple jealousy. You know, like a lady will get her dander up about another biddie. I am so 19th century. This interwebs is very confusing. I’m going to bed...alone!


46 posted on 03/26/2014 7:28:59 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

I’m 7.5 yrs older than her. (Note the decimel point)


47 posted on 03/26/2014 8:41:12 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: 1010RD

I went to high school with his(Fast Eddie’s) son Pete, seemed like a good family to me. More reason to believe that only the good guys that lose there nerve gets themselves pinched. Looks like he was set to serve a slap on the wrist 10 month sentence from this article but who knows how long he served of it, if at all.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/6650391-418/former-ald.-ed-vrdolyak-fighting-law-office-foreclosure

Welcome to Chicago politics;)


48 posted on 03/26/2014 8:43:58 PM PDT by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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To: Graybeard58

I noted it. Must be all that clean living. ;-]


49 posted on 03/27/2014 4:55:44 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: infool7

Great story. I thought he beat that rap. He’s worth tens of millions, at least back when I knew him. He owned hundreds of acres of tax properties in southwestern Michigan and had a hand in all kinds of government schemes, legal cases, and businesses.

That story is a great intro to Chicago politics. A casual note to secure a $750K loan collateralized against a building but given directly to a car dealer. What a story.


50 posted on 03/27/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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