Folmer resigns after arrest in child porn possession case

Mike Folmer's official Senate photo, left, and his booking photo, right

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker who is facing child pornography possession charges has resigned.

Sen. Mike Folmer's apparent resignation Wednesday came hours after he was arrested by the state attorney general's office.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said in statement that they received Folmer's resignation letter after they spoke with him to insist on it.

"We are sickened and disturbed by the charges brought against Mike Folmer yesterday," Scarnati and Corman said in a joint statement. "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."

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf had also called on Folmer to resign.

The state attorney general's office charged Folmer late Tuesday with possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, both felonies.

Investigators allegedly found two images of child pornography on Folmer's cell phone after they asked him to turn it over at his house in Lebanon County. Authorities were acting on a tip from a social media website.

The 63-year-old Folmer and his lawyer haven't returned messages. A handwritten note posted to the door of Folmer's Senate office in Lebanon on Wednesday simply stated "CLOSED."

A preliminary hearing is set for Sep. 26.

Folmer represented part of Berks County before the state reshaped his Senate district.

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-- Senator Joe Scarnati (@senatorscarnati) September 18, 2019