|For Immediate Release
Case # 11NF0948
March 25, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
PROFESSIONAL CLOWN CHARGED WITH COLD CASE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN 2002
*Orange County District Attorney is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a professional clown charged yesterday with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 2002. Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 41, Anaheim, is charged with two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted. Jimenez was arrested today by the Fullerton Police Department and is being held on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, March 28, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
Jimenez is a professional clown who goes by the name of “El Tin Larin,” an occupation which has allowed him access to children.
On the night of Jan. 19, 2002, Jimenez, dressed as a clown, is accused of approaching Jane Doe outside of the Taco Bell on Lemon Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton. The defendant is accused of later committing lewd acts on Jane Doe near Ladera Vista Junior High School. The victim was able to escape for help. Fullerton Police were contacted and a DNA sample was collected and entered into the local and National DNA banks. The investigation into the facts of this case is ongoing.
Jimenez has an open case (Case # 10NM14083) for corporal injury on a child from November 2010 and is being prosecuted by the Anaheim City Attorney’s Office. The defendant’s DNA was taken for this case and in February 2011, the Orange County Sheriff Forensic Science Services linked Jimenez to this case.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.
Deputy District Attorney Katherine David of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.