A local kids’ music composer who wrote for “Sesame Street” and The Disney Channel will face a judge but not a jury on charges of making and sending child pornography.

Fernando Rivas, 60, waived his right to a jury trial this week. That means he will answer to the charges at a bench trial Sept. 27 with a federal judge hearing his case instead.

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 emailing the pictures to two other people. The accusations against him stem from someone else’s arrest in New Jersey on charges of possession of child pornography, according to the report.

Rivas entered a not guilty plea at a March arraignment, and his case was set for jury selection in April. Instead, court records show several continuances in the case.

Rivas’ attorney, David McCann, did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

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

Rivas’ mother fled Fidel-Castro-ruled Cuba with her son when he was 9, and Rivas grew up in Miami. He graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and went on to compose music for 27 years in the city, specializing in the Hispanic market.

He moved to Charleston in 1998 after a long-distance courtship with a woman here, Rivas said in 2003. He 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 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.

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