Professional Clown Who Raped a 12-Year-Old Girl Is Finally Paying for His Crime

professional clown rapistsA case that had been cold for over 10 years was finally laid to rest yesterday when a professional clown accepted a plea deal of 10 years in prison for the rape of a 12-year-old girl back in 2002. Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, 43, was dressed in full clown costume and makeup when he snatched the girl from a Taco Bell in Fullerton, California, raped her in his car, then, when he drove to a motel and tried to check them in, she ran away and escaped. DNA collected after the encounter 10 years ago was found to belong to Jimenez just recently when he was booked for an unrelated misdemeanor in 2009.

And now, finally, this sick clown is going to pay for what he did. But does anyone else feel like 10 years isn't enough?

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All of the details of the plea haven't been released, but had Jimenez stood trial, he would've faced 25 years to life in prison for his crime, but thanks to this deal, he's only looking at about 8 years behind bars, at most -- he was given credit for 650 days already served. Also, it's only mandatory that he serve 85 percent of his sentence, so it's possible he'll be outta there in just under 7 years.

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The deal was based on the availability of evidence in the case, the number of available witnesses, and the victim's wishes.

Hmm, that last part makes me wonder if the victim somehow knew Jimenez. Why would a victim ever want her rapist to get a lesser sentence?

All the unknowns aside, it's a twisted and terrible crime. Professional clowns have a lot of access to children -- it's horrifying to know that some of them, despite what I hope are some vigorous background checks, are out to harm the kids. And to be raped by a clown, oh my god, I can't imagine what this young girl went through.

The bright side is that now Jimenez is finally facing the consequences for the disturbed and hideous crime he committed in 2002. I'm not sure I agree with the lenient deal here, but again, without all the facts of the plea, I guess we'll just have to be thankful that he's serving time, period.

What do you think?

 

Photo via Fullerton Police Department

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