Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Decade After Clown Rapes Girl, He is Finally Put Away
A man who worked as a professional clown is facing up to 10 years in prison for abducting and raping a young girl in California in 2002.
While still in costume and makeup as “El Tin Larin” the clown, prosecutors say Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 43, of Anaheim, snatched a 12-year-old girl from a Taco Bell, drove to an area near Ladera Vista Junior High School, and raped her in the car. He them drove to a motel, but when he went to talk to a motel worker, the girl was able to escape.
On Wednesday, Jimenez took a plea bargain and admitted guilt to one count of lewd acts upon a child under 14 and one count of forcible lewd acts upon a child.
The rape case has remained unsolved, and without any leads, until last year when Jimenez was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor and his DNA was collected. In 2002, DNA had been collected off the girl, but it did not match anyone already in the system. This time, however, the Jimenez’s DNA was a match for that of the 2002 rape.
Jimenez was given credit for 650 days served in jail and must serve at least 85 percent of the 10-year sentence.
Deputy District Attorney Katherine David said Jimenez will forever have to register as a sex offender and this conviction also counts as two strikes against him.