LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania lawmaker was sentenced to jail on Tuesday for possession of child pornography in a case that prompted him to resign from the state Senate and plead guilty.
Mike Folmer, a Republican who represented a district in Lebanon County, spoke in court before getting one to two years in county jail. He must register as a sex offender for 15 years.READ MORE: 'No Zone Or Street Is Immune': Pittsburgh Police, Public Safety Teaming ATF And Community To Explore Ways To Reduce Violent Crime
“I’m not mad at anyone but myself,” Folmer, 64, told the judge, the Lebanon Daily News reported. “I understand that there are consequences for my actions.”
He pleaded guilty in February to three counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility for having items on his cellphone. A prosecutor described them as images of nude children that depicted indecent contact, and said Folmer had cooperated when questioned.
He was not classified as a violent sexual offender under state law.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office handled the prosecution, said people who make laws are not above the law.READ MORE: Woman Hospitalized After Shooting In The Hill District
“This was a public official whose constituents trusted to do what’s right, but he failed. He engaged in the sexual exploitation of children,” Shapiro said in a statement issued after the hearing.
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Investigators said the search of his cellphone was prompted by a tip from Tumblr, a blogging and social media platform.
Tumblr sent a complaint in early 2019 to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, saying a user had uploaded at least one image that contained suspected child pornography in December 2017, according to court papers filed by the attorney general’s office in September.
Investigators then traced the Tumblr account to Folmer’s email address and home address, they said. Folmer’s lawyer, Brian Perry, said Tuesday that Folmer has been taking counseling and treatment for sexual addiction.MORE NEWS: Federal Unemployment Benefits Ending Early In Many States
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