Celebrity chef Matthew Tivy was arrested on Thursday for child porn and other charges. According to federal investigators, the 54-year-old was brought into custody for alleged sexual exploitation and enticement of a minor, as well as receipt and distribution of child pornography.
That's just so horrible.
In a statement made by the FBI, the owner of NYC restaurant Cafe du Soleil began to have online conversations — that he instigated — with a teenage boy believed to be around 14- or 15-years old.
Officials say the Food Network alum "enticed" the teen to "engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct and then distributed these visual depictions to others online."
However, Matthew's attorney, Glenn Hardy, is adamant that his client is innocent, telling AM New York:
"He basically said the two most important words: not guilty. And now it's up to the U.S. Attorney to prove their case."
Glenn also explained that the married chef has begun therapy, and "certainly understood the gravity of the situation."
But Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a statement claiming that Matthew isn't innocent, after all, and knew exactly what he was doing. He said: