MANHATTAN — Chef Matthew Tivy, who appeared on Food Network’s “Chef du Jour,” was arrested on Thursday for allegedly having sex with minors and sharing child porn on the Internet.
Tivy, owner of Café du Soleil in the Upper West Side, was charged with enticing and having sex with minors and for distributing child pornography, according to the FBI. The 53-year-old chef allegedly used dating apps to meet minors. He knew how old they were when he talked to them through text messages and even after they met.
Police discovered Tivy’s illegal sexual activity when they arrested Tivy in May and searched through his phone, according to the criminal complaint.
The Complaint said Tivy allegedly began talking to a 14-year-old boy last December. They met and engaged in sexual activity. Tivy then filmed him performing sexual acts and shared the video on the Internet.
If convicted, Tivy can face up to 30 years in prison.