Party Clown Sentenced for Raping Girl While in Costume
The suspect ran a successful clown business, and police found numerous costumes and masks in his home.
Jose Guadalupe Jimenez works as a professional clown, named "Tin Larin." (Fullerton Police Dept. / March 25, 2011)
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.
Detectives say a DNA match linked Jimenez to the kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old girl, which happened on Jan. 19, 2002.
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.
Prosecutors say Jimenez grabbed the girl from the corner of Lemon Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton, and drove her to a nearby school parking lot where he raped her.
The man then took her to a motel off Harbor Boulevard and molested her again.
The girl escaped when Jimenez left to talk to a motel clerk.
She told police her attacker was a Hispanic male, and was wearing a clown mask and clown make-up.
Police confirmed through interviews that Jimenez has worked as a professional clown for the past 9 years under the name "El Tin Larin."
Police say they found numerous costumes and masks in his home.
Investigators believe he may have additional victims.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact police at (714) 347-8794.