A man known for dressing up as the jubilant, ticklish Sesame Street character was sentenced to one year in jail by a New York judge Wednesday for trying to extort $2 million from two Girl Scout leaders. Whether or not he'll wear his costume behind bars will be left up to your imagination.
Dan Sandler, 49, who also goes by Adam Sandler, was sentenced to a year in prison on extortion charges Wednesday, The New York Times' James McKinley Jr. reports, in accordance with a plea agreement struck last month. Sandler is the offensive, anti-Semitic guy who hangs out in Central Park dressed like Elmo, and something of an Internet celebrity. And facing the longest time out of his life, Elmo refused to learn a valuable lesson about his experience, Per McKinley Jr.
Just before sentencing, the man, Dan Sandler, who has also gone by the name Adam Sandler, told Judge Robert Stolz that he was not remorseful. “This is not the case of someone in the back room of the office trying to embezzle money — this is more of a protest, like laying down in the intersection,” Mr. Sandler said. He added, “I am in no way sorry to the Girl Scouts organization, because I think they are a corrupt organization.”
Sandler bargained for the year in jail if he plead guilty to reduced charges of second-degree attempted grand larceny and third-degree stalking. Sandler was accused of threatening to spread false rumors about Girl Scouts of America in dozens of harrassing messages sent to two female Girl Scouts employees, his former bosses, if he wasn't paid $2 million. Throughout the long, unwelcome correspondence, Sandler wielded his own creepiness like a weapon:
“I will show up at Girl Scout functions and other places that parents and kids congregate and hold signs, connecting the Girl Scouts with the Cambodian Rape Camp man,” he wrote in one of the dozens of allegedly threatening e-mails that he sent.
See, Sandler is the rape camp man. Buried in his checkered criminal history, there's a Cambodian website called "Welcome to the Rape Camp."
If only Big Bird could see Elmo now. He'd be so disappointed.