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Elmo accuser gets prison time for pension theft

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The Harrisburg man who sued the former puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo over an alleged sexual relationship will spend time in county prison for stealing money from two state retirees.

Sheldon Stephens, 25, was sentenced to five years intermediate punishment, with the first three months to be served in Dauphin County Prison, followed by intensive supervision, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Monday.

Stephens was additionally ordered to pay $4,117 in restitution.

Stephens diverted the pension checks of two state retirees into his own account while he was an intern at the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System.

He was charged in July with counts of theft by unlawful taking, attempted theft, and identity theft. He pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 18.

In 2012, Stephens accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexually abusing him when he was 16 years old.

Clash, who said he had an adult consensual relationship with Stephens, resigned from Sesame Street because of the allegations.


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