Kevin Clash has resigned as Elmo’s puppeteer, little more than a week following news of a sex scandal involving the longtime Sesame Street staple.
Clash, 52, had been accused by a Pennsylvania man of having a sexual relationship when the man was 16. Later last week, he recanted, claiming he was an adult at the time, and Sesame made plans for Clash to return to work.
But a lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in New York charging Clash with sexual abuse of a second youth. The lawsuit alleges that Cecil Singleton, then 15 and now an adult claming “adverse psychological and emotional effects,” was persuaded by Clash to meet for sexual encounters. The lawsuit seeks more than $5 million in damages.
A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker has been sentenced to six months in jail as part of three years probation for doing campaign work on the taxpayers’ time.
Kelly Rindfleisch pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of misconduct in office in a deal with prosecutors.
A lawyer working with an anti-gay legal fund has been arrested on federal child-pornography charges.
Manchester, New Hampshire lawyer Lisa Biron is associated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of reactionary Christian attorneys lawyers pressing litigation to curb reproductive rights and block the freedom to marry, reports the Concord Monitor.
Biron was arrested by the FBI on Friday for taking a teenage girl to Canada and coercing her to engage in sex on camera. She faces charges of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography and five counts of sexual exploitation of children.