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July 31, 2013

Ex-clown receives plea deal

Danvers man charged with indecent assault

DANVERS — James Vosolo, the Danvers man who lost his job as a child entertainer after being accused of sexually accosting a truck driver inside a Rowley rest stop off Interstate 95 while wearing only a thong last September, avoided jail time last week after reaching a plea deal with Essex County prosecutors.

By admitting to sufficient facts Friday at Newburyport District Court, Vosolo’s indecent assault and battery of a person 14 or older and other charges were continued without finding for three years. Should Vosolo, who now works as a limousine driver, stay out of trouble and adhere to conditions imposed by Judge Richard Mori, the charges against him will be dropped and his record cleared.

Among the conditions imposed by the court is to continue sex offender counseling, continue substance abuse counseling, wear a GPS tracking device, pay a monthly GPS fee and conduct no solicitations at rest stops.

Had Vosolo, 47, been convicted of the most serious felony, indecent assault and battery of a person over 14, he could have been sentenced to up to five years in state prison. He would also be subject to lifetime probation and would have to register as a sex offender.

Essex County prosecutor Maura Bailey had originally asked for Vosolo to plead guilty to indecent assault and battery of a person over 14 with a sentence of two years’ probation, according to court records.

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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