Former Illnois State Rep. Keith Farnham (D) is accused of using personal and state-owned computers to trade hundreds of child porn images and videos online, where he also allegedly bragged in chatrooms about sexually molesting a 6-year-old girl.
Farnham, who abruptly resigned from office last month, was charged with child pornography Monday.
A federal criminal complaint says the 66-year-old stated in a web chat that "12 is about as old as i can handle … i love them at 6 7 8.”
In another message he allegedly said he wanted "all the vids and pics ever made" of children.
Federal prosecutors say two videos containing child porn were found on a computer seized in Farnham’s state office in Elgin a week before his resignation.
He allegedly used a phony email account to send and receive videos and pictures of children as young as six being sexually abused. According to the FBI other devices contained "hundreds of [pornographic] images" as well.
Farnham is the cosponsor on two bills that strengthen penalties for possession of child porn, including one he signed in August, Huffington Post reported.
Expected to appear in court Wednesday, Farnham could face up to 10 years in prison.