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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.

13 Responses

  1. When is pot smokin’ lyin’ Cole Goodman going to resign from running for every office imaginable? We all know why he “resigned” from school board!

    1. Cole has his mother covering his butt. Eugene DePasquale better watch – he endorsed Cole for the seat he is running for in Dauphin County. During the course of the election, I am sure more will come out about Cole and his “resignation” from the Susquehanna Twp School Board. Its a matter of time!

  2. he resigned in record time to hide his other crimes, like taking bags of money from the marijuana cartels, also he doesn’t lose his pension for child porn but if he was charged with accepting bribes from the marijuana cartel he loses his pension, this used tire salesman was a self dealing crook all along and anyone who says different didn’t know him, unfortunately, this AG will never investigate the marijuana licenses process because it also leads back to a lot of his buddies.

  3. This is just sad. There is nothing else to say. Anything else is grandstanding and exploiting the suffering of all concerned.

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