Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Streets’ popular character Elmo, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage boy. Clash has taken a leave of absence from the iconic children’s television show amid the allegations that he had sex with a sixteen-year-old boy. The unnamed accuser, now 23, claims that he and Clash began their sexual relationship seven years ago, when he was sixteen and the puppeteer was forty-five.
Clash admits that he and the accuser had an intimate relationship, but claims the relationship began only after the accuser turned eighteen. The producers of the television program stated that they have investigated the claims, and have met with the accuser multiple times. After investigating the claims and meeting with the involved parties, the producers believe that no crime was committed by Clash.
Clash has not yet been charged with any crime. However if the conduct were to have occurred in California, Clash would likely be charged with a violation of Penal Code Section 647.6. This crime occurs when a person ‘annoys, or molests a child, with the intent of sexual gratification.’ California Penal Code Section 647.6 states in pertinent part that a person is guilty if “ they deliberately harassed a minor and have done so for sexual gratification.”
The punishment for a violation of Penal Code Section 647.6, is a fine not exceeding $5,000, and imprisonment in county jail not exceeding one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment.
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