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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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61.

Jen    

What a sick freak. I don't let my kids watch many programs including sesame street & most Disney movies. I've never had a good feeling about thatnstuff. Yuck.

974 days ago
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t-in-sd    

Death is too good for him. What an effin freak. This is a situation where torture devices should be brought back as punishment. Yuck.

974 days ago
63.

B Roush    

I agree that this man should be put away for life. And being Federal charges he will be. I am close to the family and the child that is involved and she is safe and being taken care of and protected. For those of you asking where the parents were and how they could let this happen...this man was a trusted person in this child and the familys lives. It wasnt something they knew! They had no clue anything was going on until the day the Feds showed up at the door. So dont try to make the parents at fault. Just as any sexual predator does, he swore this child to secracy. She did not know that what he was doing was wrong and she loved and trusted this man. Dont hold the family, or parents of this child accountable. He will get what he deserves in due time!

974 days ago
64.

Squeaky Shoes    

what the hell? the media has been around for a long time but lately there seems to be an influx in cases of just plain sick a*holes and pedophiles out there. who's breeding these disgraces?

974 days ago
65.

Helpful Handyman    

Death is the only fitting punishment for vermin such as this. They don't stop.

974 days ago
66.

darisa    

how is this pig able to get house arrest??? are you kidding me? i think for serious crimes they need to be in jail.

974 days ago
67.

gbtw    

house arrest? HOUSE arrest? are you f'ing kidding me? maybe they're hoping he'll commit suicide- cuz i can't think of any other reason for giving this guy an ounce of freedom. so scary, as a parent- that these people exist, and gear their lives toward working with children.

974 days ago
68.

umm....yeah.    

BAIL!? WHAT THE WHAT? HOW ABOUT THE CHAIR!!!

974 days ago
69.

en Todo Momento!!    

he's like totally hotttt! i can like totally see a four year old like diggin this dude. i totally dig him! my kind of man.

974 days ago
70.

shadough    

Proof that all peewees aren't homosexuals
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That's all you sick perv's worry about, isn't it?

974 days ago
71.

Chris     

I worked with this man and am SICK to my stomach! I feel like you can't trust anyone in this world anymore!

972 days ago
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