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Ex-Rep. Keith Farnham sued by two child porn victims

Former state Rep. Keith Farnham has been sued while he languishes in prison by two minors who claim they appear in child pornography found on the Elgin Democrat’s computer.The minors sued Farnham this week under the pseudonyms “Erin” and “Fiona,” claiming they were “repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted in order to produce child pornography.” They said Farnham used an Illinois House of Representatives computer to download, store and trade some of those images.“Unlike victims of a time-limited trauma, victims of child pornography are continuously aware that their child sex abuse images will never disappear,” the victims’ ...

Children sue former state Rep. Farnham over child pornography videos

Two children have sued former state Rep. Keith Farnham for more than $150,000 in damages, saying they appeared in pornographic videos he was sent to prison for downloading.The lawsuit uses the pseudonyms Erin and Fiona, who argue the acts that were recorded caused them "long -- lasting and permanent harm. Unlike victims of a time -- limited trauma, victims of child pornography are continuously aware that their child sex abuse images will never disappear," the lawsuit reads.Farnham, an Elgin Democrat, started serving a prison term last year. His imprisonment finished a case that started with a federal raid of his home and state office in Elgin, ...

Two child porn victims sue ex-state legislator now in prison

Imprisoned former state Rep. Keith Farnham has been sued by two underage girls who contend the Elgin Democrat downloaded sexually graphic videos and images of them.The suit, which asks for damages of at least $150,000, was filed under a federal law enabling victims to recoup money from those who possess child pornography. The suit noted that while serving as a state representative, Farnham co-sponsored two bills to increase penalties for child pornography crimes. He also received "significant campaign contributions" from the child advocacy organization Stand for Children, according to the suit."(Farnham) knew or had reason to know that the ...

Judge Gives Man 5 Days for Child Porn, Rails Against Harsh Sentences

A Brooklyn man who faced 10 years for downloading child pornography was sentenced to five days by a federal judge who sharply criticized punishment guidelines for failing to distinguish between dangerous offenders and those who pose little threat.U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein wrote a 98-page decision explaining why he bypassed the guidelines and chose not to put the man in prison for possessing two dozen photos and videos — some showing men sexually assaulting girls as young as 3 years old, according to court papers.…But child-abuse victims' advocates said they were appalled by Weinstein's reasoning."I think Judge ...