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  • 'Sesame Street' composer arrested on child porn charges

    Not everything is A-OK on “Sesame Street.”

    An award winning-composer, who wrote music for the PBS’ long-running children’s series, “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina on Nov. 21, the New York Daily News reports.

    Fernando Rivas was arrested on April 19 after police discovered photographs of a 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 Juliard-trained composer pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included production and distribution of child pornography and is currently under house arrest.

    Rivas won a Grammy award for Best Children’s Album in 1998 for his work on “Elmopalooza,” and also wrote the music for Disney’s “Handy Manny.”

    The Cuban-born musician taught music to high school students in Charleson, SC in the early ‘00s. “We are unaware of any connection between the charges against him and Porter-Guad, but we are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation,” the school said in a statement.

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