Child porn found on phone of Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, prosecutor says

Child porn found on phone of Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, prosecutor says

By Matt Allibone, York Daily Record

YORK, Pa. – A Pennsylvania state senator has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Republican state Sen. Mike Folmer, 63, represents parts of Lebanon, Dauphin and York counties.

According to a release from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office, Folmer was arrested Tuesday night after images of child pornography were found on his phone when police searched his home after obtaining a warrant.

The investigation began after a tip reported that an individual had uploaded an image of child pornography to the social networking website Tumblr.

Folmer was charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, Shapiro said in the release.

“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.”

Folmer has yet to release a statement on the charges.

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

A native of Lebanon, Folmer was first elected to the Pennsylvania senate in 2006 and was re-elected to his fourth term in November.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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