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Pennsylvania GOP State Senator Charged With Child Porn Possession

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Pennsylvania GOP State Senator Charged With Child Porn Possession





Pennsylvania GOP state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after police found images of child pornography on his phone.

Folmer handed in his letter of resignation Wednesday amid the allegations, Senate leaders said.

“We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer yesterday. We have reviewed the criminal complaint and spoke with Mike Folmer early this morning to insist on his resignation from the Senate,” read a statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.




State Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) said the arrest was the result of an investigation that began with a CyberTip report that Tumblr had discovered a user had uploaded child pornography using its app.

The investigation led authorities with the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, Lebanon City Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Folmer’s home where they found images of child pornography on his phone Tuesday.

“This defendant serves as a state Senator and was entrusted to honor and represent his community in the Pennsylvania Capitol,” Shapiro said in a statement. “I will continue to say it—no one is above the law, no matter what position of power they hold. I will continue to work to protect children and hold those who abuse them accountable.”

Folmer, who represents all of Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties, was charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility.




Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones will prosecute the case.





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