Folmer Resigns After Being Charged With Possession of Child Pornography
State Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) has resigned from office less than 24 hours after Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that Folmer was charged with possession of child pornography.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) issued a joint statement announcing Folmer’s resignation Wednesday afternoon.
“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,” Corman and Scarnati said in a statement. “We are in receipt of his letter of resignation and the 48th Senatorial District seat is now vacant.”
Calls from Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and various state legislatures on both sides of the aisle for Folmer’s resignation began this morning.
The release from the Attorney General on Tuesday evening stated 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.”
Shortly after that release, the state Senate removed Folmer from his position as chair of the Senate’s State Government Committee.
Folmer served in the state Senate from 2006 until now.
The 48th Senatorial District seat encompassing Lebanon and parts of Dauphin and York Counties is now vacant.