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Ex-Rep. Farnham, facing child porn charge, can't use his own patio

In this March 15 2010 phoIllinois state Rep. Keith Farnham speaks with local officials Carpenterville Ill. The 66-year-old Democrfrom Elgis

In this March 15, 2010 photo, Illinois state Rep. Keith Farnham speaks with local officials in Carpenterville, Ill. The 66-year-old Democrat from Elgin is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday April 30, 2014, since a federal complaint charged him with possession of child pornography. Farnham resigned his seat in March. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Rick West) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT

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Updated: June 10, 2014 6:19AM



Alleged pedophile and former State Rep. Keith Farnham has been banned from his own patio by a federal judge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert said the measure was necessary to protect the public because the patio at Farnham’s condo is shared with a family that has a 7-year-old boy.

The Elgin Democrat, 66, has been under house arrest since the feds last week alleged that he traded child pornography online and that he crowed “12 is about as old as I can handle, I love 6 7 8” in a web chat.

On Wednesday, Farnham’s attorney, Terry Ekl, complained that an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet that authorities are using to ensure Farnham does not leave his home had been tripped when Farnham went outside to use his patio.

But Gilbert noted that a young boy also has access to the patio, which he said was “an unsecured area” that Farnham must stay out of.

“I’m not comfortable who goes in there,” the judge said.

Gilbert said Farnham can “pull down the blinds” or “open the door or window” if he wants fresh air or sunlight.

Farnham’s wife, Susan, signed papers promising to turn Farnham in if he breaks any of the rules of his house arrest.

The judge also ordered her to keep any computers and iPads password-protected and in a locked filing cabinet to ensure Farnham does not have access to the internet.

Farnham, who resigned shortly after his office was raided in March, again carried a portable oxygen tank in court Wednesday.

Ekl said previously that his client had a bout with bladder cancer and is in need of a lung transplant.



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