Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Folmer resigned after he was arrested on child pornography charges in September. Governor Tom Wolfe called for the senator to resign, stating that the charges are "disgusting and beyond comprehension."
The 63-year-old lawmaker has been charged with sexual sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility. This is due to the child pornography images that he’d downloaded onto his phone from Tumblr.
Not only is it sickening, but the fact that the man is supposed to be a Republican makes it even worse.
A criminal complaint on Folmer said that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip in February from the social media site Tumblr that a user had downloaded at least one image containing child pornography in late 2017.
An investigation began in March and eventually led to the home of Folmer.
The state attorney general's child predator section, Lebanon city police, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant at the lawmaker's home and for his cellphone on Tuesday and found child pornography images on the phone.
The senator admitted to receiving the porn on Tumblr, adding that "he had been dealing with some personal problems/issues."
I don’t care who you are, personal problems do not justify child pornography by any means. No excuse in this world could justify it.
Folmer’s bail has been set at $25,000 according to a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office.
The senator was elected to a fourth term in November. He was instrumental in swinging conservative votes behind a bill to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, according to a profile on his website.
Folmer is married and has two adult children and seven grandchildren, his online profile says. Neither Folmer nor his office responded to requests for comment Wednesday morning.
Interestingly enough, Folmer opposed legislation that proposed lifting legalities that prevent victims of ‘long-ago child sex abuse from suing institutions.’ Now it’s clear why he would do so.