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Professional Clown Charged With Raping Girl, 12

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(credit: Fullerton Police Department)

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SANTA ANA (AP) —  Prosecutors in California have filed four felony counts against a professional clown charged with raping a 12-year-old girl nine years ago.

KNX 1070′s Mike Landa Reports

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, who is expected to be arraigned Monday, faces 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 just before midnight in January 2002, drove to a school parking lot and raped the girl.

Investigators say a DNA sample after his child abuse arrest in an Anaheim case last year linked him to the rape.

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