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'Sesame Street' Composer

Accused of Cuffing 4-Year-Old,

Taking Sex Pics

11/22/2011 12:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Fernando Rivas mugshot
A Grammy-winning composer who worked on “Sesame Street” has been charged with making and distributing child pornography -- after allegedly handcuffing a 4-year-old girl, naked, and taking pictures.

59-year-old Fernando Rivas appeared in a South Carolina federal court yesterday -- where he pled "not guilty," according to the Charleston Post & Courier.

Rivas was arrested back in April -- after FBI agents raided the composer's home and, according to court docs, the feds claim they discovered a collection of photographs ... depicting a 4-year-old girl naked and “restrained in handcuffs and other bondage-type devices."

According to the report, cops say Rivas -- who also taught music at a local Charleston school -- admitted to officers that he took the pictures of the little girl and emailed them to two other sickos.

Rivas remains on house arrest after posting $300,000 bail.

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16.

UPYOURS    

He admitted his guilt then pled not guilty. That has never made sense to me, never will. He and Sandusky need to share a cell with an anything goes policy in place. PIG.

964 days ago
17.

UPYOURS    

Jus*****ch, soon all the Pedo U people will come on here saying as how he is not guilty, he would NEVER do that, blah blah blah. Castration isn't good enough. Child molestation should be automatically death penalty when convicted. There is NO CURE.

964 days ago
18.

bigdogintexascrm    

A death, slow and agonizing, televised in world broadcast comes to mind....
My thoughts go out to the little one, hopefully her mind will repress the incident deep deep down - that is the damage done every day for the rest of her life, innocense stolen forever.

964 days ago
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Thurston Howell III    

Please, please, PLEASE...let someone accidently leave the shower door open so the other prisoners can take care of this mofo and deliver him to the next life.

964 days ago
20.

Lamb Of God.    

A Composer for Sesame Street was Caught with Nude pictures of children of the age of 5 and Under, even one being handcuffed, He post a bond of 300,000 for bail so now he's just under House arrest. A black homeless man robbed a bank or something, He returned the 100 bucks because he felt bad, He gets 10 years in Prison. Those children i wouldn't doubt that they were raped, and their lives will be infected forever, But Because He's White It's okay. But if the man was Black, or Hispanic they would be in Prison. How Typical.

964 days ago
21.

Kevin    

Wow. Hope they've IDed the girl and she's safe.

964 days ago
22.

Franc    

Proof that all peewees aren't homosexuals.

964 days ago
23.

beachgal    

House arrest not jail?? Why are pedophiles pampered by the law, are our legislators pedophiles??

964 days ago
24.

sky    

Any human who uses their power and authority to hurt our kids needs to be sentenced to death. No exceptions, just GET RID OF THEM PERMANENTLY. THey aren't worth the prison money to house them.

964 days ago
25.

Clovis    

can you tell him how to get...how to get to Cellblock C. How to get to cellblock c.....

964 days ago
26.

janet    

@lamb of god...are you blind? He's not white. He's hispanic, Fernando Rivas.


Don't care if your purple this is beyond disgusting.

964 days ago
27.

Different Rules Apply    

Is the girl safe now? How on earth did he get such blatant access to this child!!! Where are the parents? Another example of how predators situate themselves to gain access to children. Sesame Street of all things. Castrate him and lock him up.

964 days ago
28.

Different Rules Apply    

It's always in the eyes - LOOK at this eyes. Trust your instincts when people are in the midst of your children. Your gut is usually right. I wouldn't let my kids within 20 feet of this guy ~ Sesame Street or not. Pervs hide in places where there are lots of children and the parents feel safe. Never let your guard down.

964 days ago
29.

cindy    

Sick B@stard!!!

964 days ago
30.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

The FBI should've clubbed this guy to death and save the taxpayers the yearly premium to keep this guy in protective custody. Nobody would've said anything especially if it was the real right thing to do.

964 days ago
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