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Clown sentenced for 2002 Fullerton kidnap, rape

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Jose Jimenez, 43, is seen at a kids party posted on YouTube.

Jose Jimenez, 43, is seen at a kids' party posted on YouTube. (KABC Photo)

A professional clown has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl in Fullerton in 2002.

Jose Jimenez, 43, pleaded guilty to a felony count of forcible lewd acts upon a child under 14 and another felony lewd act charge. As part of a plea deal, he is set to serve a 10-year prison sentence but will get credit for nearly two years of time served.

Jimenez, from Anaheim, was wearing his clown costume when he approached the girl at a Taco Bell in Fullerton. He dragged her into his car, drove her away and raped her in the car.

DNA was gathered from Jimenez for an unrelated corporal injury on a child crime in 2010, and was linked to the rape in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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