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Sex abuse lawsuit against former Elmo puppeteer is dismissed



(Reuters) - A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Kevin Clash, the puppeteer known for his work as the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, of child sexual abuse.

The lawsuit was filed by a man who accused Clash, 53, of engaging in a sexual relationship during visits to New York that began in 2004, when the man was 16.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday, ruling it had not been filed within the statute of limitations in New York.

The lawsuit was filed last year.

A judge in New York previously dismissed three other lawsuits against Clash by men who accused him of sexually abusing them when they were under age. The New York judge also said the statute of limitations had run out.

Accusations against Clash led to his resignation in 2012 from the job he held for 28 years as the puppeteer who brought life to Elmo, the red, furry monster featured on the international children's television series.

Clash's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond and Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Annabelle June 23 2014 at 6:33 PM

Doesn't matter what the outcome, the man lost his job & dignity when the lawsuit was filed. Gay does not equal abuser; grow up people.

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ranger197172 Annabelle June 23 2014 at 7:30 PM

It wasn't about being gay it is about being a child molester. If the victims had been girls what would your argument be ?

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moccasinmike ranger197172 June 23 2014 at 10:47 PM

Hey,it was a craigslist pros,still posts,the pro blackmailed this guy,fact.

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BlueEyedJetsFan ranger197172 June 24 2014 at 9:06 AM

Hey Ranger.....have you been molested by Clash???

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Mandoist June 23 2014 at 2:34 PM

Too late. Once you're tagged in the media, your reputation and chance of landing a decent job is finished for life.

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Rose Cramden June 23 2014 at 2:27 PM

Justice definitely was not served!

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johncstinnett June 23 2014 at 12:15 PM

If he was innocent, he would have never quit his job. An innocent person would never, ever do that.

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Krotch Hamilton June 23 2014 at 1:02 PM

Look at that picture. He has his fist up that muppet's backside !! That's a red flag !!

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Mike Krotch Hamilton June 23 2014 at 1:07 PM

Yeah, but look at the smile on the muppet's face? Sick!

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hf2hvit Mike June 23 2014 at 7:37 PM

Just like you and Krotch!

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scref098 Krotch Hamilton June 24 2014 at 9:02 AM

Oh dear....

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vnisanian2001 June 23 2014 at 1:02 PM

I have no sympathy for his so-called "rape victims". No sane person should.

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CONARD HENDRICHS June 23 2014 at 6:19 PM

The judge did not rule on his guilt or innocence He simply stated that the statute of limitations had run out

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Beverly Doyle June 23 2014 at 1:46 PM

Unfortunately, this action proves nothing - he still could be guilty or not guilty. It's a shame either way.

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onlyway2goisup June 24 2014 at 8:13 AM

Consciencious of the guilty can't be made clean.... it weighs heavily on their minds ....causing MANY 'death bed' confessions.

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onlyway2goisup onlyway2goisup June 24 2014 at 8:17 AM

conscientious

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namibiaholdings June 23 2014 at 12:46 PM

I have a suggestion for people who date.
The moment you are past 20, don't date anyone younger than 20.
That will solve all moral/legal potential problems

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