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October 25, 2012

Police: Clown tried to solicit sex at rest area

DANVERS — Police say a nude man who works as a clown and children’s entertainer was arrested yesterday morning after jumping into a tractor-trailer 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 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. No narcotics have been 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, a marked lanes violation, 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 Total Entertainment said yesterday that Vosolo is no longer employed there but had previously worked as a tent installer and truck driver. When asked if he had also worked as a children’s entertainer, the representative would not comment.

On Vosolo’s LinkedIn profile, 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 online 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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