The man who recanted underage sexual allegations against Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo, has a troubled past.

Clash's 24-year-old accuser has been identified by The Smoking Gun as Sheldon Stephens, an aspiring actor/model.

According to the site, Stephens was arrested in 2009 for stealing $250,000 worth of jewelry from Los Angeles music manager Darian Pollard. Police arrested Stephens in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania airport wearing a white gold necklace and a ring. Stephens told cops the jewelry was a gift. Pollard told police that he was robbed at knifepoint. The charges were eventually dismissed, and a friend called the incident a simple “misunderstanding.”

Stephens retracted the allegations that he and Clash had had a sexual relationship when he was 16 years old on Tuesday, a day after the allegation went public on

Clash had acknowledged having sex with his accuser but denied he was underage at the time.

According to The New York Times, Clash had not previously publicly acknowledged that he is gay.