October 14, 2007

Unfunny clown

United States: An Illinois Christian clown has been arrested on charges relating to child pornography and sex tourism after a routine check of his computer on returning from the Philippines revealed pictures of naked boys, and clothed boys showing their genitals. A. Paul Carlock Jr., a.k.a. Klutzo, had an excuse though:

Carlock initially told investigating officers that the images on his computer and camera were photos he had intended to edit so they'd be appropriate to show at his church. He said the photos showed that the boys were too poor to afford clothes and that he photographed the naked boys because that's how they live, the affidavit said.

However, officials found one image marked as edited in which the only change was that the edited version had been enlarged, according to the affidavit.

Unfortunately, there was also something else suspicious about his computer:

Officials also allegedly discovered a program on Carlock's computer called Evidence Eliminator, which authorities said is marketed as being able to erase images from computers to the extent that investigators cannot retrieve them.

Now, it might be that he just wants to be sure that other Christian clowns don't see his confidential business documents, so police checked his house and found at least 21 other child pornographic movies. And, if that wasn't enough, it seems that boys at the House of Joy orphanage where he had worked cheering up the orphans has complained of waking up to find him in their beds fondling them.

Of course, he has left a trail online, and Novice Nun the Wiser OPI, has been busy. Let's start with his Amazon profile, where we can check out the items he has reviewed and his choice of tags:

boy (3), devotion (2), loyalty (2), bonding (1), child (1), coming of age (1), comitment (1), commitment (1), crafty (1), endearment (1), goofy (1), hope (1), kidnapping (1), love (1), miracle (1), mischievous fun (1), moving (1), parenting (1), relationship (1), silly (1), socialization (1), trickster (1)

Obviously, now the story has broken, the most innocent things can seem really, really suspicious. Like this offer of help on the House of Joy guestbook (scroll down past some Japanese):

I hope everyone is fine there. From your site it seems that all is well.

I hope to come again sometime in 2006. Would love to clown at the schools while there.

If it is possible, I would like to stay busy by helping your house parents. Maybe they could take a few days off with pay while I fill in for them free of charge.

God Bless
Paul Carlock Klutzo
Springfield, Illinois USA

The scandal has already forced the retirement of another clown. Illinois has two Klutzos, and the other one, Jerry Kautz, has been receiving hate mail over the allegations against Carlock.

I'm really sad about it. Klutzo has been a part of my life for 24 years, said Algonquin Village Clerk Jerry Kautz, who knew there was another Klutzo but never thought much about it. If (the other Klutzo) was charged with something like shoplifting, that would be different. But child pornography?...

My heart sank. And I thought I'm just going to have to bury him. Klutzo is going to have to go, Kautz told the Tribune after a last fond look at his bow tie, bulbous rubber nose, black top hat and baggy clown pants.

Sad, but no doubt good news to clown-haters everywhere.

Springfield clown arrested for child pornPJStar, 10th October 2007 ;Klutzo retires after other Klutzo arrestedImediNews, 13th October 2007.

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