By Colby Carrington
Elmo will not be tickled about this.
The man who lied about having an intimate relationship with puppeteer Kevin Clash while he was underage has been identified as 23-year-old Harrisburg, PA resident Sheldon Anthony Stephens.
Harrisburg University lists Stephens on its site as a recent intern who described a completed stint with a government service agency as helping him realize â€œhow much I like dealing with finances.” (Ed. note: The page has been modified since this story was published but the original version can be found here.)
However, The Smoking Gun uncovered that the model/actor wannabe has a history of arrests dating back to 2009, including writing a bad check, a traffic offense and a criminal complaint involving a knifepoint robbery of a former employer.
In a submission for a modeling contest, Stephensâ€™ pitch for becoming the publicationâ€™s next cover model hints at both low-self esteem and ambition for greatness: â€œIt will help restore my confidence and to give me a better outlook on the future of my career.Â OBVIOUS (magazine) represents everything that Iâ€™m trying to accomplish.â€
A friend of Stephens told the Smoking Gun that he “attracts these high-powered men, but that the model wannabe was a “God-fearing guy” and “not just a pretty boy.”