Pennsylvania State Sen. Michael Folmer is facing charges of possession of child pornography, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
A news release reveals that the investigation into the state senator began as a result of a CyberTip reporting that an electronic service provider, Tumblr, discovered that a user had uploaded an image of child pornography using their application.
The investigation led to Folmer's residence in Lebanon, PA. The Office of Attorney General's Child Predator Section, Lebanon City Police Department, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant on Tuesday and found images of child pornography on the defendant's phone.
Folmer was charged Tuesday evening with Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Child Pornography, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.
"This defendant serves as a state Senator and was entrusted to honor and represent his community in the Pennsylvania Capitol," said Shapiro.
"Tonight, our Office arrested Mr. Folmer for possession of child pornography and charged him with Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Child Pornography, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. 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 them accountable."
In a joint statement on Tuesday, Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Folmer would be immediately removed as Chair of the Senate State Government Committee per CNN.
"We are shocked to learn tonight of the allegations made against Senator Folmer," the statement read. "We will fully cooperate with law enforcement regarding this deeply disturbing matter."