State Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) was charged with possession of child pornography Tuesday evening according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
The Attorney General stated in a release that an investigation began following a CyberTip that Folmer uploaded an image of child pornography to Tumblr. The investigation led to Folmer’s home, where a search warrant on Tuesday found images of child pornography on his phone.
Folmer was charged Tuesday evening with Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Child Pornography, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.
“This defendant serves as a state Senator and was entrusted to honor and represent his community in the Pennsylvania Capitol,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “Tonight, our Office arrested Mr. Folmer for possession of child pornography and charged him with Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Child Pornography, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. I will continue to say it—no one is above the law, no matter what position of power they hold.”
Folmer has not issued a statement on the charges.
Folmer has been removed as chair of the Senate’s State Government Committee, according to a joint statement from GOP Sen. President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre).
Folmer has served in the state Senate since 2006.