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Pennsylvania lawmaker Michael Folmer resigns after child pornography arrest


Pennsylvania State Sen. Michael Folmer resigned Wednesday, less than a day after he was charged with possession of child pornography.

Lawmakers around the state, including Gov. Tom Wolf, called for Folmer’s resignation Wednesday before he handed in his notice.

“We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer," Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said in a joint statement. "We have reviewed the criminal complaint and spoke with Mike Folmer early this morning to insist on his resignation from the Senate. We are in receipt of his letter of resignation and the 48th Senatorial District seat is now vacant.”

Folmer, a 63-year-old, four-term Republican from Lebanon County, was found with images on his phone after officials, including the Department of Homeland Security, executed a search warrant at his home Tuesday, according to a press release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Officials began their investigation after a tip that someone had uploaded child pornography on Tumblr, according to the AG’s office.

“This defendant serves as a state Senator and was entrusted to honor and represent his community in the Pennsylvania Capitol,” Shapiro said in a statement. “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.”

Folmer was formally charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.