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Pennsylvania: Senator Behind Child Abuse Reform Arrested For Possessing & Distributing Child Porn

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Published on: September 28, 2019

A Pennsylvania Republican State Senator was arrested this month and charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, but the irony in all of this is that he backed a package to reforms aimed at child abuse.  This demonstrates it isn’t just one party that is engaged in the assault on America’s children.

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.

That image and others agents of the state attorney general’s office claim were found on his private phone could send the senator to prison if he pleads guilty or is convicted of the charges he faces.

The most serious charge lodged against the Lebanon County Republican is a second-degree felony, possession of child pornography. That carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Folmer also is charged with a third-degree felony, criminal use of a communications facility, which allows for a maximum punishment of up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Penn Live previously reported:

According to arrest papers filed by Special Agent Gordon Goodrow of the state’s Attorney General’s office, the investigation into Folmer began in February after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report from the social media platform Tumblr that suspected child porn had been uploaded onto Folmer’s account on Dec. 28, 2017.

Over the course of many months, the investigation involved the filing of subpoenas and awaiting responses from Yahoo, AT&T and Comcast. On Tuesday, agents armed with a search warrant raided Folmer’s home while other agents simultaneously confronted the senator at his Lebanon office. Folmer agreed to return home and surrender his iPhone, Goodrow said.

After being read his Miranda rights, the papers indicate Folmer agreed to speak with investigators without having an attorney present. Folmer “stated that he had been dealing with some personal problems/issues and that he received child pornography through his Tumblr blog,” the agent wrote. Two more child porn images were found during a search of Folmer’s phone, Goodrow said.

Reactions to the former senator’s arrest and charges went from thoughts of “fake news” to remembering legislation he supported that would have protected children from abuse.

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Republican Russ Diamond believed that news to be a “fake news” attack created by political opponents, but once the news sank in that it was real, he said it felt as though he has “taken a gut punch.”

“I do not think I am alone in Lebanon County in my absolute shock over this,” he added.

Former House member Mauree Gingrich said, “He is a perpetuator of the crime. Of course, I was shocked, but I was also completely revolted and disgusted,” recalling how he had back the child abuse reform legislation.

“You are a participant,” she added.  “You are not just a voyeur.  Those children are victims.”

A day after the charges, Folmer resigned from the seat representing Lebanon and portions of Dauphin and York counties that he has held for 12 years.

The senator remains free on $25,000 bail.

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project adds that Folmer is now on a long list of those public servants who have been engaged in the exploitation of children.

Senator Folmer now goes on a long list of other high-level government officials who have been caught allegedly exploiting children. As TFTP previously reported, multiple victims came forward and accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing them when they were children in Washington’s foster care system.

Former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert was also arrested and served jail time for raping children.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti handed down a 15 year sentence to Ralph Shortey, a former senator from Oklahoma who was caught on camera with a child in a hotel room who he had sex with. He was also in possession of child porn

Earlier this year, Arizona representative, David Stringer unexpectedly resigned from his elected position as a representative. After he resigned, records were released showing that he was arrested in the 80s for raping two children—one of whom had a developmental disability. After a subsequent investigation was launched, we learned about the former representative’s sick history including a recording in which he condones child sex trafficking.

The fact of the matter is that child sex abuse in this country takes place on a massive scale and many within the system are some of the worst abusers. Those who speak out against it and attempt to expose the system, are often times killed or silenced.

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