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Michael Folmer, former state Senator for Lebanon County, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility, PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Thursday.

Shapiro pointed to Folmer’s position as a state political leader, who ”chose to participate in the sexual exploitation of children.“

Former Sen. Michael Folmer

”No one is above the law,” he said. ”I will continue to work to protect children and hold those who abuse them accountable.”

A CyberTip last year led the AG’s office to investigate a report that a Tumblr user had uploaded an image of child pornography.

The investigation led to Folmer’s home in Lebanon. The Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, Lebanon City Police Department, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant and found images of child pornography on the defendant’s phone.

The AG’s office filed charges against Folmer in September. He entered the guilty plea Thursday to three counts of possession of child pornography, second degree felonies, and one count of criminal use of a communications device, a third degree felony.

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Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones prosecuted the case.

Folmer‘s sentencing will take place May 26 before Senior Judge Joseph C. Madenspacher in Lebanon County Court.

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