A terminally ill former Illinois state lawmaker was sentenced today to eight years in prison for sending more than 2,000 files containing child pornography through office computers.

Former Democratic Illinois State Representative Keith Farnham, 67, of Elgin, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and is expected to have only a few months to live, according to court documents.

Farnham’s defense lawyer had asked to allow his wheelchair-bound client to die at home with ‘dignity’ under house arrest, but US District Judge Edmond Chang rejected the request Thursday.

The 67-year-old dying man added that he, too, was a victim of sexual abuse betweenthe ages of 6-10. 

Public servant: Farnham, who is married with a child, had represented Illinois since 2009 and was chair of the Government Relations Committee

Farnham resigned his seat in the Illinois General Assembly last March, less than a week after federal agents seized his computers.

He admitted that November 25, 2013, he sent an email from a computer in his Elgin office with the following message: ‘do you trade. This is what I lik.’

Farnham attached two files to the email that he knew contained child pornography, according to the plea agreement.

In another message, Farnham said: ’12 is about as old as I can handle. I love them at 6 7 8.’

Federal agents found 2,765 images of child pornography on Farnham’s computers and electronic storage devices.

Many of the images were graphic in nature and involved sexual acts with children as young as 2 years old, the plea agreement said. Some of the images involved sadistic conduct and depictions of violence.

When he resigned March 19, 2014, one week after his Elgin office and home were raided, Farnham claimed he was standing down because of health concerns.

The Democrat, who is married and has a child, twice sponsored bills to impose stricter sentences on pedophiles. 

An arrest affidavit claimed that between August 2013 and January 2014, hundreds of images and video, including one of a six-month-old baby being abused, were shared from the email address.

Several attachments, showing young girls being forced to perform sex acts on adult men, were allegedly sent from Farnham’s state office computer.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3003031/Terminally-ill-former-state-lawmaker-just-months-live-sentenced-eight-years-trading-2-700-pornographic-images-children-young-two.html#ixzz3UsjBLtHx

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