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Home Confinement for Ex-Lawmaker Accused of Child Porn

Home Confinement for Ex-Lawmaker Accused of Child Porn

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A federal judge has released a former Illinois state representative on $4,500 bond but ordered him confined to his home pending trial on charges of possessing child pornography.

Keith Farnham was also barred from using computers or having unsupervised contact with anyone under 18. A judge set those conditions Wednesday at an initial hearing in the case.

The 66-year-old Democrat from Elgin resigned his seat in March after agents searched his home and state office.

A complaint released Monday says Farnham possessed videos depicting child pornography on a computer. The document also provided graphic details about images allegedly sought and traded by Farnham online. Some were allegedly of children under 10 years old.

After he resigned last month, Farnham said he had to attend to “battling serious health issues.”

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