Party Clown Wants To Withdraw Molesting Pleas

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - David Albert Lemus, who entertained audiences as Trim-Trim the Clown, told a judge in Fontana he wants
to withdraw guilty pleas to molesting two girls.

The 51-year-old Lemus was in court Thursday for sentencing to 12
years in prison. Instead, he told Superior Court Judge Stephan
Saleson he wants to back out of the plea deal because his lawyer
Gina Kershaw didn't fight for him.

The judge appointed another attorney to review the case.

Lemus was arrested after two girls said he sexually abused them
at the National Orange Show Events Center. The crimes were allegedly committed while he wore heavy makeup, a red wig, floppy shoes and a big red nose.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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