, Newburyport, MA

October 25, 2012

More charges added in nude clown case

Newburyport Daily News

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NEWBURYPORT - Additional charges have been filed against a child entertainer and clown who is accused of sexually assaulting a truck driver early Wednesday morning while nude at a Rowley rest area off Interstate 95.

At his arraignment in Newburyport District Court this morning, James Vosolo, 46, of Danvers was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent assault and battery of a person over 14 and is being held on $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 surety pending a pretrial hearing scheduled for Nov. 21. 

Vosolo was taken into custody earlier in the morning after arriving in courtroom 1 by himself a little before 9 a.m. Vosolo's former employee, Total Entertainment of Danvers, had posted his bail, $40, after his arrest. 

Vosolo, who had worked at Total Entertainment for 15 years, was originally charged with indecent exposure, assault and battery, failure to stop for police, marked lanes and disorderly conduct. But just before his arraignment yesterday, Essex County assistant district attorney Maura Bailey amended the state's complaint against Vosolo to include the more serious sex-based charges.  

The new charges were added as a result of information obtained by the state police that Vosolo allegedly grabbed the victim's genitals twice. Bailey also informed Judge Peter Doyle that it was her belief Vosolo was acting out a sexual fantasy and may have been under the influence of crack cocaine at the time of the alleged incident. 

In light of the additional charges and the possibility he was using narcotics at the time, Bailey asked for bail to be set at $25,000.

"Based on all of that the defendant is looking at a significant penalty," Bailey said. 

Vosolo's court appointed attorney William Hernon argued the state's bail request was excessive considering Vosolo appearance at court that morning and said his family could raise a maximum of $1,000. 

"This issue is will he return, the $40 has shown that he will return," Hernon said. 

As part of his ruling, Doyle ordered Vosolo to remain drug and alcohol free with random screens, have no contact with minors, stay away from all state rest areas and stay away from the alleged victim. 

According to state police, Vosolo surprised the truck driver Tuesday evening just before midnight, hopping naked into his truck cab and asking him if he wanted to have sex.  A state police official said the truck driver called police after feigning interest and suggesting they meet up at the Seabrook, N.H., rest stop. 

Trooper Michael Caranfa responded to the call and attempted to pull Vosolo over. Vosolo proceeded to throw items, which he later told police was "a glass pipe and a little bit of crack" cocaine, out of his white Chevy Caprice hitting Caranfa's windshield before stopping alongside the highway in Salisbury, according to Bailey. 

Vosolo was wearing only thong underwear when he was arrested by police. A search of Vosolo’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of several sex toys, Halloween masks and head lamps, according to state police. 

According to state police Vosolo has no previous convictions. But in 1988 he admitted to sufficient facts that he had been driving drunk, according to Hernon. 

Hernon said while a Total Entertainment employee bailed Vosolo out of custody Wednesday, the company immediately terminated his employment based on his arrest. 

A representative of the Danvers-based Total Entertainment said Vosolo had previously worked as a tent installer and truck driver. When asked if he had also worked as a child entertainer, the representative would not comment.

According to Vosolo’s LinkedIn profile, a professional networking website, he lists himself as an event manager for Total Entertainment. Over the years, Vosolo has attended numerous functions across the state dressing up as Uncle Sam, Elvis Presley and other characters. Various photos on newspaper websites show him dressed as a clown, marching in a Swampscott parade and posing with Red Sox legend Bill Lee at a community event in Ipswich.