* After proclaiming his innocence, former state Rep. Keith Farnham is now trying to work out a plea deal…
Former State Rep. Keith Farnham is considering a plea deal in his federal child pornography case, his attorney says.
The Elgin Democrat has maintained his innocence since he was charged in April, but is now negotiating with prosecutors, his lawyer Terry Ekl told U.S. District Judge Edmund Chang Thursday morning.
The 66-year-old is accused of emailing videos of children who appeared to be as young as six months old being molested, according to a criminal complaint filed earlier this year. […]
A federal complaint alleges he used a phony name in online chatrooms to trade child porn while at his office and at his home. In one disturbing webchat in November, he boasted that he’d sexually abused a 6-year-old girl, the complaint alleges.
The judge gave Farnham until Sept. 2nd to work out a deal or the case goes to trial.
Prosecutors ought to make him disclose the name of that little girl, and then make sure the child gets some help.