NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Last year we reported on 41-year-old Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, the man who abducted and raped a 12-year-old girl while dressed as a clown. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he 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.
For those of you who missed this story, the 12-year-old victim was abducted from a fast food stand in 2002 by a man dressed as a clown. The clown took her to a nearby school parking lot and raped her in his van before taking her to a motel where he sexually assaulted her again. When the clown left the girl alone to talk to a motel clerk, the girl escaped and contacted police.
The case would remain open for nine years because the girl could only describe her attacker as a man dressed as a clown. With no other leads, all investigators could do was collect DNA and store it in their database. Then, in February of 2011, the system made a match between the DNA they’d collected and Jimenez. Police had collected his DNA in 2010 after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a child.
Police would find out that Jimenez never quit working as a clown, and for the last nine years he’s been performing as “El Tin Larin,” mostly in Hispanic communities. Because of this, detectives feel there may be more victims. “We’re hoping that any past victims might recognize him, both with or without his clown make-up, and come forward,” said Fullerton Police Sgt Andrew Goodrich.
With any luck, Jimenez will spend his time in prison wisely. Maybe he’ll learn some new tricks for his act, like felching or playing the rusty trombone.Tags: California, clown, Crime, El Tin Larin, Jose Jimenez, Pedophile, Rape