Family Values: Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer, a Sunday school teacher, has resigned from office after being arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
Pennsylvania State Sen. Michael Folmer is facing charges of possession of child pornography, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday in a news release.
Authorities found images of child pornography on the Republican senator’s phone after executing a search warrant Tuesday inside his Lebanon, Pennsylvania, home, the release said.
New York Post reports:
Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, 63, was charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility after law enforcement found images of child pornography on Folmer’s cellphone when they executed a search warrant at his Lebanon home.
Penn Live reports:
One of three child pornography images found on the cell phone of state Sen. Michael Folmer depicted a “very young” girl performing oral sex on an adult man, investigators say.
Folmer is a member and Sunday school teacher at the Church of the Servant (Presbyterian Church in America).
The Independent reports:
Mr Folmer had recently opposed legislation which would have helped victims of historical child sexual abuse sue institutions such as the Catholic Church.
Sources report that Folmer has resigned from his Senate seat. Senate Republican leaders issued the following statement:
We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer yesterday. 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.
Bottom line: Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Folmer, a “family values” Republican who teaches Sunday school at his church and opposed legislation that would have helped survivors of sexual abuse at religious institutions, has resigned from office after being arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.