Former 'Sesame Street' composer pleads guilty to child porn charges

CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - A 59-year-old Charleston man who won two Emmys for his work on Sesame Street has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Court records show that Fernando Rivas entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Charleston.

Rivas had initially pleaded not guilty and was set for a bench trial on charges of making child pornography and sending images to other people.

Agents searched Rivas' Ladson home in April 2011 after someone arrested in New Jersey led them to him. On his computer, officers said they found numerous pictures of child pornography, some of which had been sent to the person arrested in New Jersey.

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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