Emmy-winning, ex-SC teacher facing child porn charges - FOX Carolina 21

Emmy-winning, ex-SC teacher facing child porn charges

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

An award-winning composer and former fine arts instructor at a private school in Charleston has been charged with making child pornography. 

Fernando Rivas pleaded not guilty Monday to child pornography production. 

Federal prosecutors say Rivas coerced a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of taking pictures. Rivas is also charged with using a computer to send the images across state lines and possessing child pornography images. 

Neither Rivas nor his attorney immediately responded to messages Monday. 

Porter-Gaud School says Rivas worked as a jazz music instructor there until 2009. The indictment does not say whether the alleged victim was a student. 

His website says Rivas won two Emmys and a Grammy for work composing songs for "Sesame Street."

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