Professional Clown Charged with Rape

Prosecutors in Orange County have filed felony charges against a professional clown accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl nine years ago.

Jose Guadalupe Jimenez is charged with two counts of lewd acts upon a child, a count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and a count of forcible lewd act on a child.

The 41-year-old Anaheim man's arraignment was continued Monday until April 22. He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Orange County prosecutors say Jimenez was dressed as a clown when he grabbed a girl at a fast-food stand in January 2002 and drove to a school parking lot, where the attack occurred.

Investigators say a DNA sample taken after an arrest in another case linked him to the attack.

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