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GOP Pennsylvania State Senator charged with child pornography [ETA: pleads guilty]

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by essentialsaltes, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced charges against Pennsylvania state senator Michael Folmer for possession of child pornography.

    The investigation began as a result of a CyberTip reporting that Tumblr, a website that serves as a blog and social media platform, discovered that a user had uploaded an image of child pornography using their application.

    The investigation led to the home of Michael Folmer in Lebanon.

    Investigators said they found images of child pornography on Folmer's phone.

    Court documents show that Folmer admitted to police that the Tumblr account was his and he said he was "dealing with some personal problems and that he received child pornography through his Tumblr blog."


    Coincidentally, his district is the area is where my paternal ancestors first settled.
     
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  2. Skewpoint

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    Interested how this turns out.
     
  3. DaisyDay

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    There is no joke or wry comment to be made.
     
  4. FreeinChrist

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    I agree.
     
  5. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    1-2 years in prison after he plead guilty.

    Madenspacher also ordered the disgraced legislator to spend 8 years on probation. By law, Folmer also will have to register with state police as a sex offender for 15 years.

    “I’m not mad at anyone but myself,” Folmer said. “I let my Lord down. I let my family down. I let my constituents down.”

    He said he is drawing strength from his faith, especially from Psalm 51 in which King David sought God’s forgiveness after committing adultery with Bathsheba. “The Lord accepts a broken, contrite spirit,” Folmer said. “And that’s me. I want a chance to continue to heal.”
     
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  6. Skewpoint

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    Thank you for the update. Really hope he serves full time and not get out early. Article says 1-2 years is standard range penalty for the charge. Seems kinda of light, but I don't know and didn't see the article post the severity of the charge. Nude 15 or 16 year olds I believe counts as child porn, but so would 4 or 5 year olds. I wouldn't remotely put those in the same ball park either. I'll have to look into that and see if this standard range is something I agree with. The probation and registration looks good to me.

    The real test is if he runs for office after his time, and even gets an unwarranted amount of support. That could go either way in my mind.
     
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  7. wing2000

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    ...mine as well (Jonestown, PA)
     
  8. cow451

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    Makes one want to puke. What a crock.
    BTW he is a Republican, if one is keeping score at home.
     
  9. JohnDB

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    I don't understand how someone can do this sort of thing to begin with.

    On top of that when you are in the public eye in the manner of a public official you should know that everything you say and do electronically is watched.

    This is one of the oldest political games around. Democrats and Republicans both hire prostitutes to seduce members of the opposing party and then "get caught".

    The surprising thing is that this time it's child pornography.
     
  10. cow451

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    Are you suggesting the poor guy was framed?
     
  11. JohnDB

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    No...I wasn't suggesting that.

    I Just don't understand the lunacy of his choices.
     
  12. JohnDB

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    And how do you go there?
    There certainly aren't any connecting roads or even land masses.
     
  13. cow451

    cow451 The Most Interesting Poster in the Forum Supporter

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    You brought up the political dirty rick aspect. I was just clarifying what you meant.

    He is sexually aroused by young people. Simple as that. His religious practice is not an uncommon cover.
     
  14. variant

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    Ill people like this simply aren't rational, so it's a bit of a waste to try to work out the logic.

    It's good that we don't really understand.
     
  15. JohnDB

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    Just because I have an opportunity to cheat on my wife doesn't mean that I would...
    I have been flirted with several times by women...but I actually love my wife. I don't want anyone else. And an affair is a horrible thing. I'm just not wired to do that. (I'm a nobody)
    But if I were an elected official...I've got enemies watching me for the slightest mis-step of everything I say or do. I'd have to be careful like Billy Graham was with a bed checker...to remove the women hiding underneath the bed. (Because they literally did)
    Everything is on display these days. Everything.
     
  16. variant

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    I think the tenancy is that people who aspire to power and fame may be more likely to be prone to take more risks or be more reckless than the average conscientious nobody like you or I.
     
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  17. JohnDB

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    BTW
    I'm not fluent with all forms of social media...I abandoned my FB account.

    But Tumblr....I take it that they don't censor the pictures posted?
    How about Twitter?

    Are there others really popular out there?
     
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