AG Shapiro Charges PA State Senator for Possession of Child Pornography

Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Folmer (Provided photo)

HARRISBURG- Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday tonight announced charges against Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Folmer for possession of child pornography.

The investigation began as a result of a CyberTip, which reported an electronic service provider, Tumblr, discovered that a user had uploaded an image of child pornography using its application. The investigation led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, Pa., according to Shapiro.

The Office of Attorney General ‘s Child Predator Section, Lebanon City Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant on Tuesday and allegedly found images of child pornography on the defendant’s phone.

The defendant was charged Tuesday night 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 Shapiro, and “… tonight, our office arrested Mr. Folmer for possession of child pornography.

“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.”

The case will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones. All charges discussed are accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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