The unnamed man who accused Kevin Clash—the puppeteer behind Elmo—of having underage sex with him when he was 16-years-old and then recanted his story appears to have a checkered past.
The Smoking Gun has uncovered the identity of the now 24-year-old aspiring model and actor, Sheldon Stephens, who was charged with robbing $250,000 worth of jewelry form his former boss at knife point.
Stephens allegedly pulled a knife on his former boss and stole the jewelry after being fired from an internship in 2009.
Music manager Darian Pollard contacted the Beverly Hills Police Department about his former intern stealing a “white gold necklace with diamonds” and a “white gold ring with diamond baguettes.” Stephens had hopped on a flight from Los Angeles to Pennsylvania, but was arrested at the airport in Pennsylvania, wearing the jewelry.
Although a Beverly Hills detective told Pennsylvania authorities that charges would be filed in California, it seems they never were. Charges were dropped against Stephens in his home state two weeks after his airport arrest.
And that’s not all, The Smoking Gun also reports Stephens’ other legal troubles include pleading guilty to reckless driving in May and passing a bad check last year, though that charge was dismissed after he made good with the Harrisburg business he’d written the check to.
Stephens, who has a bio on Twitter that describes himself as an “entrepreneur, student, model and actor,” has apparently had a few internships, as well as several jobs at some New York clothing stores.
Clash’s former associate lives in Harrisburg with his mother, Felicia Stephens, 48, who apparently has a rap sheet of her own.
Stephens’ mom was charged with attempted murder in March after allegedly stabbing her husband with scissors. She is out on bail and is due in court next month, where she also faces a felony aggravated assault charge.
To learn more about Stephens’ original accusations against the “Sesame Street” star Clash, read AlwaysAList.com‘s original report from Nov. 12.
PHOTO: Check out Sheldon Stephens’ mug shot photos.