Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who voiced “Sesame Street's" Elmo for decades, has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges, reports Time magazine.
The allegations, which were filed in 2012, prompted Clash to step down from the children’s show, as previously reported.
The case was dismissed due to statute of limitations, an attorney for one of Clash's accusers told the publication. The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a New York judge’s dismissal of the cases last year, the piece adds.
“The case was dismissed because of the statute of limitations. There is no ruling on the merits,” said an attorney for Sheldon Stephens, 25. Stephens, Clash’s first accuser, claims Clash abused him when he was 16. Stephens' civil case against the puppeteer is still pending, the attorney told Time.