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Do you think ten years is enough of a sentence for child pornography?

Posted by on Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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Horrific Child Porn Charges Brought Against Lawmaker Who Fought for Kids

by Jenny Erikson

An former Illinois politician has been charged with using both personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of pictures and videos depicting child pornography, and engaging in online chats with others to brag about molesting children as young as six.

State Rep. Keith Farnham, 66, resigned abruptly in March, citing health concerns, but apparently his computer was seized from his state office by the authorities the week before, so dude had to know what was up. They found two videos on that computer of children, along with chat records including messages like, "12 is about as old as i can handle ... i love them at 6 7 8."

I can't even handle the sick. Perhaps the most disturbing part of this is the fact that Farnham has twice co-sponsored bills in the House to combat child pornography by making the penalties tougher. I wonder if the same government computer that had the videos was used to go over that legislation?

Did he not think it would apply to him? Was he trying to cover his tracks? Who knows, but it's scary to think that someone who is supposed to be a leader and role model is engaging in such a despicable manner. We trust public servants more than the average citizen, and you know, I think it's just commonly understood that they're not supposed to be using government property to commit vile acts against children! Or committing any criminal acts against children. Or anyone else, for that matter. I guess some people need it spelled out.

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Farnham was the guy no one suspected of a crime this heinous. He was a Navy vet before running for office in 2009, and those who know him were shocked to hear of the charges. Rep. Mary Flowers is holding out hope that she won't have to accept it, saying, "I don’t want to cast him off as being guilty until he’s been found guilty," and Ed Schock, another politician who worked closely with Farnham said it was "almost beyond comprehension."

Homeland security agents started investigating after getting a tip from the Cyber Crimes Center about an email address being used to trade child pornography, and chat online about sexual preferences. Authorities were eventually able to trace it to Farnham's home Comcast account.

If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison, which hardly seems like enough, until you consider the reception that's likely to await him. Prisoners notoriously consider child abusers the lowest of the low. After all, a lot of those guys have kids on the outside, and they are not pleased with people that might hurt them.

Do you think ten years is enough for this kind of crime?

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I don't know what the max penalty by law is but that is what he should receive.

Of course he cheered on Bills and legislation against what he was doing himself.  It was all a farce to hide behind.  No one will think he is a monster when he is out there supporting those like him be dealt with.  

This man is a dark and twisted soul.

MelanieJK
by Silver Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM
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No.    He's a very sick person.    That's not going to go away in prison.    I don't know what the prognosis is on rehabilitation but it would have to have a very high success rate to think it's ok to just release him back into the population after he does his time,   whatever it is. 

ashellbell
by shellbark on Apr. 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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No. Pedophilia can't be fixed. Lock them up for life. I have zero compassion for them.
Sportbominable
by Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Everyone involved in any way, shape or form in child pornography should get life in prison as well as child abusers. There should be no parole and no getting out of jail ever. 

dawnie1
by #1 Raider fan on Apr. 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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Involved in kiddie porn-life in prison, acts of child sexual abuse-death penalty.

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

 Nope!  Not only was he engaging in trading images to others but he admitted to molesting children.  10 years is not nearly enough. 

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM


Quoting Cafe Steph:

Do you think ten years is enough for this kind of crime?

He did multiple things.

Owning obscene pictures of children, that he didn't personally photograph or take part in the abuse of, is probably the mildest part.   For that specific part, yes 10 years is enough.

For the rest of the stuff he did, put him in jail and throw away the key.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Apr. 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

lock him up... in general pop.. with his crime sewn onto clothes

10 years should be enough time for him to get completely fucked up

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM
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Life without parole.  It's a shame that we still don't treat children as whole human beings

erika9009
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

For the trading and trafficing, 10 seems low.

As for bragging about doing things to kids (assuming he never did anything), I think it's a contributing factor.  By itself, it should be let go.  I worry that talking about illegal activity is, BY ITSELF, enough to get you tossed in jail.

In this case, that is not true.  He did many other things he needs to have his balls cut off for.


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