A 70-year-old Franklin Township man faces charges of child pornography possession and endangering the welfare of a child following an investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Special Investigations/Computer Crimes Unit, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Kent Kollmer, 70, of Norris Road, in the Somerset section of Franklin Township was arrested at his home on Feb. 23.

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Robertson provided the following account:

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children determined that Kollmer had uploaded sexually explicit images of children under the age of 18 via the internet and notified the Somerset County Prosecutor''s Office.  An investigation was initiated, confirming Kollmer had uploaded and downloaded sexually explicit images/videos of children under the age of 18.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the New Jersey State Police and the Franklin Township Police Department, executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence.

As a result of the search, defendant Kollmer was found to be in possession of child pornographic images. Detectives seized multiple digital devices for further computer forensic examination.

Kollmer was arrested without incident at his residence, and he was charged with 3rd degree, endangering the welfare of a child and 3rd degree, possession of child pornography.  After processing, he was lodged in the Somerset County Jail in Somerville pending a detention hearing.