Pennsylvania State Senator Michael Folmer is facing charges of possession of child pornography, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday in a press release.
Authorities found images of child porn on the senator’s phone after a search warrant was executed Tuesday in Folmer’s home in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the statement said.
CNN contacted Folmer’s office for comments.
An investigation was opened following a notice that Tumblr had discovered a user who had downloaded an image of child pornography using the app, according to the release. An additional investigation led to Folmer’s house, he said.
“This accused is a senator and has been accused of honoring and representing his community on the Pennsylvania Capitol,” Shapiro said in a statement.
Folmer was charged on Tuesday with child sexual abuse, possession of child pornography and criminal use of a means of communication.
“I will continue to say that no one is above the law, regardless of their position of power,” Shapiro said. “I will continue to work to protect children and hold abusers accountable.”
In a joint statement Tuesday, Pennsylvania Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Folmer would be immediately removed from office as chairman of the Senate Government Committee.
“We are shocked to hear the accusations against Senator Folmer tonight,” the statement said. “We will cooperate fully with the police in this extremely troubling affair.”