Anti-Semitic "Evil Elmo" Sent to Prison After Girl Scout Plot

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    Joe Rosato Jr.
    The "Evil Elmo" at San Francisco's Fisherman Wharf on Oct. 17, 2012.

    A homeless man who has graced San Francisco and went on an anti-Semitic tirade in Times Square while dressed as Elmo was sentenced to a year in prison in a plot to extort $2 million from the Girl Scouts.
     
    Dan Sandler, aka "Evil Elmo," was sentenced Wednesday in New York City after pleading guilty to attempted grand larceny and misdemeanor stalking as part of a deal with prosecutors.

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    Sandler, of Ashland, Ore., was accused of threatening to publicize false information about the Girl Scouts unless he got the money. Prosecutors say he sent harassing emails and photos to an employee of the nonprofit.
     
    Sandler was arrested last year in Times Square while wearing the "Sesame Street'' character costume and causing a scene that blocked traffic. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

    Evil Elmo Comes to San Francisco

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    48-year old Dan Sandler, a past pornographer, is the now and future man in an Elmo costume who shouts racist slogans.

    In October of 2012, he was spotted in San Francisco's Richmond district "trying to hug kids" and was once a fixture at Fisherman's Wharf, where he earned his keep posing for photographs with tourists.

    Sandler will only have to serve eight months of his sentence for attempted grand larceny and stalking, meaning he could be back on the streets in January.

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