AG: State Sen. Mike Folmer charged with having child pornography

Mike Folmer

State Sen. Mike Folmer told investigators Tuesday that he was dealing with some "personal problems" when investigators with the Attorney General's Office found child porn on his phone, according to authorities.

Folmer, R-Lebanon County, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 17, according to a news release from Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Folmer's 48th District covers Newberry, Conewago, East Manchester and Springettsbury townships in York County as well as parts of Lebanon and Dauphin counties. He was elected to his fourth term in 2018. He resigned about noon Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Folmer, 63, of North Eighth Street in Lebanon, is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All charges are felonies.

Charging documents state the AG's office received a report in March from the website Tumblr that at least one image of child pornography had been uploaded on Dec. 28. 2017.

Senator Mike Folmer speaks during the Legislative Panel Discussion on the State Budget as the York County Economic Alliance hosts its Spring Legislative Luncheon at Wyndham Garden York in West Manchester Township, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The image depicted a "very young" girl performing a sexual act on a man, according to the AG's office.

Investigators with the AG's office tracked the information associated with the Tumblr account that uploaded the image to Folmer's home, according to court documents.

The account that allegedly uploaded the image to Tumblr was not active Wednesday.

The AG's office obtained a search warrant and searched Folmer's home on Tuesday morning, according to court documents.

Folmer agreed to speak with investigators without an attorney, and he told them he had been dealing with some personal problems and had received child porn through Tumblr, charging documents allege.

He turned his phone over to authorities, and two images of child pornography were found on it, the AG's office said.

Folmer posted $25,000 bail, according to the office of District Judge Thomas Capello, where his charges were filed.

Folmer does not have an attorney listed, and he could not be reached for comment Wednesday. 

His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26.

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