Seven years ago, the man behind beloved Sesame Street character Elmo had an inappropriate relationship with a sixteen-year-old boy, at least according to the now 23-year-old man making the accusations. Kevin Clash, Elmo puppeteer, has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street to deal with the fallout of what he considers to be meritless sex offense allegations.
An 18-year-old high school senior served a year in jail for having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend. The young couple lived in Michigan, where the age of consent is 16. The senior, Ken Thornsberry, was convicted of statutory rape despite the sex act(s) being consensual between the two teens.