Pennsylvania state senator charged with child porn possession

Pennsylvania state senator charged with child porn possession
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Pennsylvania state Sen. Michael Folmer (R) was arrested and charged Tuesday with possession of child pornography.

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

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

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“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 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.

Folmer, 63, represents all of Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties. He was elected to his fourth term in the state Senate last November.