Child porn charges filed against ex-state Rep. Farnham
Former Illinois State Rep. Keith Farnham was charged Monday 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.I want to make one thing perfectly clear: This is not a left/right thing. Neither side has a lock on moral purity; neither side is the sole source of depravity. I would like to point out that this politician (I can think of no worse epithet) was advocating for tougher anti-child pornography laws while (allegedly) engaging in same. That's some pretty steep hypocrisy.
The federal criminal complaint alleged that Farnham, 66, a Democrat from Elgin, possessed two videos depicting child pornography on a computer that was seized from his state office in Elgin a week before his abrupt resignation in March. Authorities also linked a Yahoo! email account used by Farnham to a online trading forum in which he chatted with other users about his sexual preferences, according to the charges.
You know, like being one of the top gun-banners in CA by day and running guns to the Zetas at night like CA Senator Yee.
What bothers me most is this:
Farnham did not return calls for comment Monday. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted."Up to" ten years. Meaning he could most likely face less. Now, while I understand that this is the penalty for possession of child pornography, I'd fall over dead of shock if there wasn't more going on than looking at stuff online. Even if all he ever did was look at it online, he's partially responsible for it - without demand there's no need for supply.
No, wait. I take that back. I think that, even if he is convicted, he should go free. However, if he is convicted, the parents of any of the victims involved should not be prosecuted for anything they might do. I bet that would reduce the recidivism rate if a few of these monsters were beaten to death by angry mobs and/or torn apart by separate tractor trailers.
People who hurt children like that deserve whatever happens to them, and the messier the better...
That is all.
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(image courtesy of Robb Allen)