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Affidavit: 'Sesame Street' composer had nude images of bound 4-year-old girl

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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.

According to an affidavit obtained Tuesday, authorities found child porn on a computer, computer disks and other materials Rivas owned back in April. Two of the images on the computer showed a 4-year-old girl naked and bound by Velcro restraints in sexually-suggestive positions, the affidavit states.

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 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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