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Pennsylvania state sen. Michael Folmer, arrested, child pornography, officials say

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Pennsylvania state sen. Michael Folmer, was arrested after allegedly uploading child pornography online, the state attorney General announced Tuesday.

Folmer, a 63-year-old Republican, who represents Lebanon, Dauphin and York counties, was taken into custody after he uploaded the allegedly illegal photos on social networking site Tumblr.

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The website reported the photo-upload to authorities, led to an investigation in Folmer, the home to a news release from the state attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office said. While the investigators photos of child porn was allegedly found on his cell phone.

Folmer allegedly investigators, he was told, working through “some personal problems” and admitted that the children reported pornography on his Tumblr account, pennlive.com , citing documents download.

Pennsylvania State sen. Michael Folmer was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, officials said.
(Pennsylvania State Senate)

“The defendant serves as a state Senator, and was commissioned to honor and represent his ward 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 be held accountable.”

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called for Folmer’s resignation, calling the accusations against him “disgusting and unbelievable.”

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“We choose to serve the leaders as a voice for those who do not have the opportunity to sign up for their own needs, demand that you protect our children, families and communities,” Wolf said in a statement. “[The fees] to show that he exploited has granted to the trust and the privilege of the people in Pennsylvania. He should resign immediately.”

The Pennsylvania Senate, the top leadership, Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate majority Leader Jake Corman said, Stripping goods Folmer of his work as Chairman of the Senate state government Committee.

“We are shocked to learn tonight of the allegations against Sen. Folmer,” the senators said in a joint statement, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “We will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities in relation to this deeply troubling question.”

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Folmer, who was elected to a fourth term in November, was arraigned, sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.

Fox News has reached to Folmer’s office for comment.

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