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‘Sesame Street’ Composer Fernando Rivas Charged with Child Porn

| by Michael Allen

Grammy-winning musician Fernando Rivas, who has composed for Walt Disney and the childrens’ television show 'Sesame Street,' pleaded not guilty on Monday to child pornography charges in Charleston, South Carolina.

According to The Charleston Post and Courier, Rivas was arrested in April in connection to a New Jersey child pornography investigation. Quoting court records, The Charleston Post and Courier said Rivas was caught with images of a little girl, 4, naked and restrained in handcuffs “and other bondage type devices.”

Court documents claim that Rivas admitted taking the photos, and that they were sent to two other people via email.

Rivas previously worked as a music teacher at Porter-Gaud, a private school in Charleston, South Carolina that has faced sexual abuse claims in the past.

Two of the school’s administrators were also held accountable for failing to protect the students from former Porter-Gaud teacher Eddie Fisher, who pleaded guilty to sexually several abusing male students and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.