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Professional clown gets 10 years in prison for raping girl

October 10, 2012 |  5:23 pm

Photo: Jose Guadalupe Jimenez as a clown, right, and in his arrest picture. Credit: Fullerton Police Department. A professional clown was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in state prison for raping a girl a decade ago in Fullerton.

 Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 43, of Anaheim pleaded guilty to one felony count of a lewd act upon a child under 14 and one felony count of a forcible lewd act on a child under 14.

"He will be required to register as a sex offender for life. The negotiated plea was a result of the totality of the evidence of the case, availability of witnesses and wishes of the victim," according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

He was arrested in connection  with the crimes that occurred just before midnight on Jan. 19, 2002, when a man dressed as a clown kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl in Fullerton.

The suspect grabbed the girl from the corner of Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, drove her to a nearby school parking lot and raped her.

The man then took her to a motel off Harbor Boulevard and molested her again. The girl escaped when he left the car to speak with the motel clerk.

When police conducted their investigation in 2002, the only physical description was that of a male Latino in a clown mask and wearing clown makeup.

But forensic experts collected DNA from the girl, and it was eventually placed in the state database system, awaiting a possible match. The DNA evidence was later matched with Jimenez.

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Photo: Jose Guadalupe Jimenez as a clown, right, and in his arrest picture. Credit: Fullerton Police Department.

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