‘Disgusting and Beyond Comprehension’: Pennsylvania Senator Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Pennsylvania Senator Mike Folman has been arrested on child pornography charges and is being urged to stand down by Gov. Wolf.

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker has been arrested on child pornography charges after authorities executed a search warrant Tuesday on a tip from a social media platform about Sen. Mike Folmer.

Sen. Folmer was arrested and charged Tuesday night, the state attorney general’s office said. Investigators allegedly found two images of child pornography on Folmer’s cellphone after they executed a search warrant at his house in Lebanon County and asked him to turn it over.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called for the resignation of Sen. Former after news broke that he is facing child pornography possession charges.

Gov. Wolf said in a brief statement Wednesday that the charges against Sen. Mike Folmer are “disgusting” and “beyond comprehension,” and that Folmer should immediately resign.

We elect leaders to serve as a voice for those who do not have the ability to advocate for their own needs, demanding that they will protect our children, families, and communities,” Mr. Wolf said. “The charges against Senator Folmer are disgusting and beyond comprehension, and show he has taken advantage of the trust and privilege afforded by the people of Pennsylvania.”

Washington Post reports: In February, the social media site, Tumblr, sent a complaint to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user had uploaded at least one image that contained suspected child pornography in December 2017, according to court papers provided by the attorney general’s office.

A message left at Folmer’s listed home telephone number wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday night, and neither were messages for a lawyer said by a Senate official to be representing Folmer.

He was charged with possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, both felonies.

“Michael Folmer stated that he had been dealing with some personal problems/issues and that he had received child pornography through his Tumblr blog,” an agent of the attorney general’s office wrote in the court papers.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro revealed the arrest in a statement after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“I will continue to say it – no one is above the law, no matter what position of power they hold,” Shapiro said. “I will continue to work to protect children and hold those who abuse them accountable.”

Bail was set at $25,000, but it was not immediately clear if Folmer had posted it, the attorney general’s office said.

Folmer, a 63-year-old Republican, was elected to a fourth four-year term in November and chairs the Senate State Government Committee, where he has spent considerable time recently working on election reform bills.

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