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October 25, 2012

Clown arrested for attempting to solicit sex at rest area

SALISBURY — Police say a nude man who works as a clown and child entertainer was arrested yesterday morning after jumping into a tractor-trailer truck at a Rowley rest stop off Interstate 95 and soliciting the male driver.

According to state police, James Vosolo, 46, of Danvers, surprised the truck driver Tuesday evening just before midnight, hopping naked into his truck cab and asking him if he wanted to have sex. Vosolo is a clown entertainer employed by Total Entertainment of Danvers, state police said.

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 police believed to be narcotics, out of his car before stopping alongside the highway in Salisbury. The narcotics have yet to be recovered.

Vosolo was wearing only thong underwear when Caranfa approached. Vosolo was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, assault and battery, failure to stop for police, marked lanes and disorderly conduct. According to police, he allegedly grabbed the truck driver after entering his cab.

A search of Vosolo’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of several sex toys, Halloween masks and head lamps. He is expected to be arraigned today at Newburyport District Court. According to state police, Vosolo has no previous convictions.

A representative of the Danvers-based Total Entertainment said yesterday Vosolo was no longer employed there, but 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.

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