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May 22nd, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) An employee of the Ministry of Health, who also worked as a clown, was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of three counts of indecent assault against three girls.
Jesus Chaves Chavarria, 47 was known as a clown named “Foguito,” who routinely was made present at children’s parties in the province of Puntarenas.
Chaves was found guilty of the indecent assault of three girls between four and nine years of age. The assaults took place between 2008 and 2012.
Prosecutor Jorge Porras had sought a 50 year sentence against the man, who authorities say threatened the girls to not speak to authorities after the assaults occurred.