An award-winning kids’ music composer indicted on three counts of child pornography waived his right to a jury trial this week.

Fernando Rivas, 59, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him earlier this year. On Thursday his attorney filed a notice in federal court that would allow for a judge to try Rivas without a jury present.

FBI agents and North Charleston police searched Rivas’ home on Falling Embers Lane on April 19, 2011. He admitted to taking photographs of a 4-year-old girl naked and “restrained in handcuffs and other bondage-type devices,” according to a police report.

The report said Rivas also admitted to sending the pictures to two other people by email. The accusations against him stem from someone else’s arrest in New Jersey on charges of possession of child pornography, according to the report.

As part of the terms of his bond, Rivas remains under electronic monitoring and must provide detailed telephone and credit card records, as requested by the court. He cannot use the Internet or interact with children without an adult present who knows the charges against him.

Rivas launched a jazz program for Upper School students at Porter-Gaud, helped an artist develop a performance for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and scored an S.C. Educational Television documentary on the 200-year history of The Post and Courier.

In 2006, Disney hired him to compose the music for “Handy Manny,” a children’s animated TV program about a bilingual handyman and his talking tools.

Rivas’ website was dismantled after his arraignment. His attorney, David McCann, provided The Post and Courier with a copy of his client’s Emmy nomination from 1996-97 and two Emmy honor certificates for contributing to an award-winning program in 1994-95 and 1995-96.

Read more in Saturday’s editions of The Post and Courier.

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