Celebrity Chef Matthew Tivy Arrested on Charges of Child Porn, Sex With Minor

Chef Matthew Tivy Arrested on Charges of Child Porn, Sex With Minor
Chef Matthew Tivy has been arrested on charges of child porn and sex with a minor. Theo Wargo/WireImage

New York chef Matthew Tivy joins a group of celebrity chefs who are now known more for their scandals than their gourmet cuisine. The New York Post reports that the FBI has arrested Tivy, 54, on charges of child pornography and for allegedly having sex with a minor. 

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The chef and restaurateur, who created Cafe Du Soleil on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, allegedly “took advantage” of at least six teenage minors, distributing their explicit photos and videos of teens from New Jersey, Florida, and Ohio. 

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His arrest came after he allegedly met a Bronx high school student, who was around 14 or 15, on Grindr and then in person for sex and filming sessions, court papers state. He was first arrested in May and charged with sexual abuse of a minor, but this new information comes in light of the court documents released.

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According to the Post, court papers state that Tivy texted the minor after their sexual encounter in December 2014: “Even though you were very bad not to tell how young you are haha but I didn’t mind.” 

After the teen allegedly texted back, “Oh, I thought I told you,” Tivy supposedly replied, “I’ve been with a high school guy before so it’s cool.” 

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Tivy allegedly bragged about his underage conquest on the messaging app Kik, writing, “I have one kid that I f—ked in my car. He’s a high school sophomore.” He is also accused of distributing naked photos of the boy to his friends on Kik. 

Tivy has appeared on the Food Network’s Chef Du Jour. He pleaded not guilty to charges of sex with a minor and distribution of pornography. 

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