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Baltimore County Man Who Played Elmo Cleared of Molestation Allegations

A judge ruled on sex abuse charges involving former Sesame Street actor.

Kevin Clash and Elmo in an appearance at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk campus. (Credit: Marge Neal)
Kevin Clash and Elmo in an appearance at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk campus. (Credit: Marge Neal)
Kevin Clash, the Dundalk High School graduate known as the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, has been cleared of three charges of child sexual abuse, according to WJZ.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Maryland ruled the charges were "without merit" and violated the statute of limitations, WJZ reported. According to Maryland law, child sexual abuse charges must be filed within seven years of the alleged act.

Clash, 53, is a Turner Station native who graduated from Dundalk High School in 1979.

During the 28 years he worked for Sesame Workshop,which produced Sesame Street, he was credited with creating the current personality of its Elmo character.

Saying he didn't want his personal life to become a distraction for the company, he resigned from his position in November 2012 after the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.

According to The Baltimore Sun, he is now working to rehabilitate his image.

Marge Neal contributed to this article.

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Carmelle Simone April 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Sue sue Sue
Julie the Jarhead April 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Funny how the accusation receive national attention. But when the person is cleared, nary a whimper.
SUNKEN SUB April 25, 2014 at 04:07 PM
* UP SCOPE ============================================== Carmelle Simone---Sue sue Sue ============================================== No, Sioux Sioux Sioux (;-) ============================================== Down Scope
Gary Elwards April 25, 2014 at 07:31 PM
We don't know all the facts. Judge ruled "without merit" based simply on a violation of the statute of limitations. He may be not guilty, but is he innocent?
Kolo Jezdec April 25, 2014 at 09:59 PM
"Funny how the accusation receive national attention. But when the person is cleared, nary a whimper."****Funny how it was the top story on the Sun's webpage less than an hour after the ruling was made, and also featured on the Orlando Sentinel home page the same day. Those are the 2 papers I read regularly online, so I can't say if the story was elsewhere.****(Critical comment from Justin case will appear below)

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