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March 27, 2013

Clown expected to make plea at court hearing

NEWBURYPORT— James Vosolo, the Danvers-based child entertainer accused of sexually accosting a truck driver inside a Rowley rest stop off Interstate 95 while wearing only a thong last September, is due back in court next month for what may be a plea deal, according to an Essex County District Attorney spokeswoman.

Carrie Kimball-Monahan yesterday said a disposition hearing has been scheduled for April 26 at Newburyport District Court, meaning that the case against Vosolo will be resolved short of trial.

“We cannot say for sure because the defendant has the right to change his plea (or not) at any time,” Kimball-Monahan said.

In September, Vosolo was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and indecent assault and battery of a person over 14. Vosolo, who had worked at Total Entertainment of Danvers for 15 years, was originally charged with indecent exposure, assault and battery, failure to stop for police, marked lanes and disorderly conduct.

The new charges were added as a result of information obtained by the state police that Vosolo allegedly grabbed the victim’s genitals twice. Prosecutors believe Vosolo was acting out a sexual fantasy and may have been under the influence of crack cocaine at the time of the alleged incident.

If convicted of the most serious felony, indecent assault and battery of a person over 14, Vosolo could serve up to five years in state prison. He would also be subject to lifetime probation and would have to register as a sex offender.

During his first full court appearance last year, Vosolo’s court-appointed attorney described him as being a hard-working, divorced father of two teenagers who had been gainfully employed for decades. Raised in Boston and a graduate of Malden Catholic High School, Vosolo lived in Chelsea before moving to Danvers in 2003.

According to state police, Vosolo surprised the truck driver, hopping onto the fuel tank of his truck and peering into his cab. The truck driver then exited the cab to confront Vosolo, who then grabbed his genitals on two different occasions. During the encounter, Vosolo asked the victim several times if he could enter his truck so they could have sex. A state police official said the truck driver called police after feigning interest and suggesting they meet up at the Seabrook rest stop.

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