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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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31.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

These child molesters are so sick. Often they actually think they are doing something good and can´t understand how anybody would believe that they would ever harm a child.

1012 days ago
32.

Annie     

Quite disturbing

1012 days ago
33.

Wash. Hts. Girl    

Castration, a life sentence, no chance of parole. Actually, I'd be in favor of the death sentence for a crime as heinous as child rape and/or sexual abuse. Once you inflict this kind of harm on a child you've altered the child's life forever. Perhaps a law that all individuals who are around or influential to children 17 or younger should be mentally evaluated before allowing to work with or near young children/young adults. Does Harvey have any numbers if the percentage of these types of crimes have gone up or because of today's technology, we are just hearing more about it. This is a very serious topic because it is happening way too often and a very strenuous (Federal)law should be enacted to deal with these heinous types of crimes.

1012 days ago
34.

crimsons    

He didn't win a Grammy. I'm a Grammy voter. Check the Grammy.org site. He may have put it on his bio, but it's not true.

1012 days ago
35.

A-Rose    

This reminds me of the decadence of Joseph Brooks, successful songwriter who killed himself before he was brought to trial for 61 counts of rape. He had used Craig's List to find his victims and now his own son is accused of murdering his girlfriend. You have to wonder if there is any truth behind these EVIL beings having truly sold their souls to the devil for their short successes here in life. If so, ADIOS AMIGOS!

1012 days ago
36.

c    

Not guilty? REALLY??? Why don't these sickos just realize they are the lowest s*** of the earth and kill themselves. Not guilty my ass.

1012 days ago
37.

dd    

Is This the End Of Days?

1012 days ago
38.

And another thing!    

ok, this guy molests one girl and gets house arrest and 300k bail. Sandusky molests at least 8 boys and gets 100k and no restrictions on his release except to show up to court when asked to. Our justice system is seriously broken.

1012 days ago
39.

luvinlife    

What. Is. It?!! There is NOTHING sexual about a child. What's wrong with these men, I don't get it!! What are they looking for? No, I don't even want to get into their minds but it's frightening that so many men are attracted to children. What's happening???!!

1012 days ago
40.

kbomb    

harlan wtf??? YOUR kinda guy???? I hope the Feds are on your ass right now you sick pervert!! dont think they wont track your ass down!!!!

1012 days ago
41.

leah    

House arrest?!!! are you kidding me? He should be locked up and the key tossed in the sea!

1012 days ago
42.

G    

Brings a new meaning to the term "Mr.Snuffaluppagus, hey?"

1012 days ago
43.

GTB    

Brings a new meaning to the term "Mr. Snuffaluppagus, hey? "

1012 days ago
44.

Kaffee    

Throw him in jail and let the inmates take care of him.

1012 days ago
45.

millie    

This sicko should be delivered to Texas; where laws are enforced! house arrest - get real!

1012 days ago
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