‘Sesame Street’ composer pleads not guilty to child pornography charges
New York: ‘Sesame Street’ composer Fernando Rivas is facing charges of compelling a 4-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct.
Rivas, a former Porter-Gaud School instructor and local composer, has been charged with producing, distributing and possessing child pornography of the girl, the New York Daily reported.
The Emmy and Grammy-award winning composer has pleaded not-guilty to all the charges and is currently under house arrest, according to the Post and Courier.
He was arrested on April 19 after an investigation led police to his Charleston home, where they discovered photographs of the 4-year-old girl naked and ‘restrained in handcuffs and other bondage-type devices’.
Rivas admitted to handcuffing the child, taking the photos and emailing them to two other individuals, the newspaper said, citing police documents.
Rivas has written the music for the Disney program `Handy Manny` and has even won a Grammy award for Best Children’s Album in 1998 for work on ‘Elmopalooza’.