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'Sesame Street' composer charged with child porn

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 59-year-old Charleston man who won two Emmys for his work on Sesame Street has been charged with three counts of child pornography.

Fernando Rivas was charged in federal court Monday. He faces charges of sexual exploitation of children, transportation of child porn and possession of child porn.

North Charleston police arrested Rivas in April on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, second and third degree. The case was later taken over by federal authorities.

Court documents indicate that Rivas "did coerce a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct including the lascivious exhibition of the genitals for the purpose of producing depictions of such conduct.

According to an affidavit, the depictions were mailed, shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce. Authorities say in April of this year, child porn was found in a computer, computer disks and other materials Rivas owned.

One such image on the computer showed a sexually-suggestive image of a 4-year-old girl, North Charleston police said.

According to Rivas' website, in 1995 and 1996, he and other composers on Sesame Street were the recipient of two Emmys for his work.

Rivas was a also a faculty member of the Fine Arts staff at the Porter-Gaud School from 2002-2009.

Rivas' website states that he began to write for the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) and has written a number of songs for the show Sesame Street featuring singers such as Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan and Cindy Lauper.

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