The Former Senator Mike Folmer Sentenced to 2 years for Child Pornography
Former Lebanon County Republican state senator Mike Folmer was sentenced to 1 to 2 years in jail for possession of kid pornography and a consecutive time period of eight years of probation.
He was sentenced Tuesday morning in Lebanon County courtroom, by former Lancaster County Decide Joseph Madenspacher, who now serves as a senior choose for the state courtroom system.
Folmer, 64, pleaded responsible to 3 counts of kid pornography and one rely of prison use of a communication facility in February.
"I sinned tremendously," Folmer instructed Madenspacher. He stated his pornography dependancy was one thing he had been coping with for a very long time, and even a number of months earlier than his arrest he prayed, "Lord, do what you might want to do to take this away from me."
"I left my Lord down. I left my household down. I left my constituents down," Folmer stated. He additionally instructed the choose he's in counseling and he would really like to have the ability to forgive himself, however he acknowledges he was a part of "facilitating one thing depraved."
Folmer's household was with him within the courtroom. Due to COVID-19, different spectators and media watched the continuing on a monitor in one other courtroom with items of paper marked with X's to encourage social distancing. He was allowed a couple of minutes to say goodbye to his household earlier than being taken into custody.
Folmer's legal professional, Brian Perry, requested the choose for a mitigated sentence that will have stored him out of jail, noting Folmer is a inclined to the coronavirus and that he sought counseling instantly after his arrest. He additionally spoke of Folmer's household ties and public service, noting particularly his assist for laws permitting medical marijuana.
Senior Deputy Legal professional Normal Christopher Jones argued that regardless of Folmer's plea and public service, incarceration was warranted given the severity of the crimes.
A sentence of 1 to 2 years could be on the low finish of the usual vary of state sentencing tips, Jones stated.
The courtroom audio system made all of it however unimaginable to listen to Madenspacher, although he did say he didn't assume Folmer was a nasty individual.
After the listening to, Perry stated Madenspacher defined to Folmer that state sentencing tips for baby pornography modified not too long ago, rising the penalties from a chance of probation to incarceration as extra probably.