WEST WINDSOR — A Monroe Township man is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and second-degree file sharing of the material, after Mercer County prosecutors executed a search warrant.

That investigation was carried out Friday at a residence in West Windsor, where Jose Sanchez, 58, teaches music lessons to children at a private studio, according to a release from the prosecutor's office Tuesday.

Detectives with the county's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit had received a tip in September from authorities in Middlesex County that someone in Mercer had been uploading child porn, the release said.

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Sanchez was arrested without incident and his electronic devices were seized for examination, according to prosecutors.

The second-degree charge carries a state prison term of five to 10 years and a maximum $150,000 fine.

Mercer County prosecutors have filed a motion to detain Sanchez pending trial.

Anyone with information about potential online child exploitation is asked to call the Mercer County ICAC Unit at 609-989-6568 or the state's ICAC tip line at 888-648-6007.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com

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