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State Sen. Mike Folmer resigned Wednesday after he was arrested on child pornography charges Tuesday night. Folmer came under intense pressure earlier Wednesday to resign from lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf. 

"We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer yesterday," said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman in a statement Wednesday. "We have reviewed the criminal complaint and spoke with Mike Folmer early this morning to insist on his resignation from the Senate."

The 48th District Senate seat is now vacant.

Folmer, 63, R-Lebanon County, represents northeastern York County, part of Dauphin County and all of Lebanon County.

Calls for Folmer's resignation came swiftly from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat running for Congress in the 10th District.

"The vile, disgusting charges against Mike Folmer are beyond shocking and warrant his immediate resignation from the Senate,” DePasquale said in a statement released shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday. “People in leadership positions must be held to a higher standard, and Folmer has no business holding a position of public trust.”

In a 10 a.m. Tweet, Fetterman, who is president of the Senate, urged  Folmer's "immediate resignation or rapid expulsion from the chamber."

Fellow Republicans also were swift in their condemnation.

The charges brought against Folmer were "extremely disturbing," said state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, in a statement Wednesday morning.

"It would be in the best interest of the citizens that he resign from the Senate of Pennsylvania immediately to allow us to move forward and conduct the business of the people," Phillips-Hill said.

State Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, said Wednesday morning that Folmer should "immediately resign from the Senate" in a statement via his office spokesman, John O'Brien.

And state Sen. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, released a statement through his office just before noon.

"I am shocked by these charges against Sen. Folmer," Regan said. "I pray for the victims and the Folmer family."

Regan represents portions of northern York County and Cumberland County.

Minutes after releasing Regan's statement, his chief of staff, Bruce McLanahan, said the Senate's Republican leadership had announced Folmer's resignation. Soon after, Senate GOP leaders issued the news release announcing Folmer's resignation. 

The investigation: The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General received a cyber tip in March from the blogging website Tumblr that at least one image of child pornography had been uploaded to the website on Dec. 28, 2017.

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

After executing a search warrant at Folmer's home in Lebanon on Tuesday, investigators with the Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section, Lebanon City Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security found child pornography images on Folmer's cell phone, the AG's office reported.

As president of the Senate, the lieutenant governor has 10 days to order a special election to fill Folmer's vacant seat, according to the Pennsylvania code.

Folmer did not respond to multiple requests for comment. 

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

More: Gov. Wolf calls for Sen. Folmer’s resignation over child porn charges

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