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Elmo accuser arrested for stealing from Pa. retirees

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The Harrisburg man who is suing the former puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo over an alleged sexual relationship has been arrested for stealing money from two state retirees.

Sheldon Anthon Stephens, 25, of Harrisburg, diverted the employees' pension checks into a fictitious bank account he created, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday.

Stephens in 2011 was a paid intern for the Public School Employees' Retirement System and his job duties gave him access to account information, Kane said.

He allegedly diverted one pension check and attempted to divert the check of a second person into the account before he was caught.

He has been charged with theft, attempted theft and identity theft.

Stephens last year accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexually abusing him when he was 16 years old.

Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" in November.

Stephens eventually recanted the allegations and said he and Clash were in an "adult consensual relationship," but in a lawsuit filed in March he claimed Clash lured him into drug-fueled sex at the puppeteer's New York apartment when Stephens was 16.

A judge in New York on Monday tossed out three other lawsuits brought by men who said Clash sexually abused them when they were underage. The judge said the men waited too long to sue.


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