FONTANA -- David Albert Lemus, who performed as a clown at birthday parties and swap meets in the Fontana area, has pleaded guilty to molesting children and now faces 12 years in prison.
Authorities say Lemus, 51, often committed the sexual assaults while dressed as a clown in heavy makeup, a red wig, floppy shoes and a big red nose.
Sgt. Jeffrey Decker, a spokesman for the Fontana Police Department, said the victims were known to Lemus, but he declined to provide further details.
There were at least three victims, all girls, authorities said.
The last attack happened in a van outside a swap meet at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino.
Lemus was wearing his costume.
He pleaded guilty to continuous sexual assault on a child and oral copulation by threat, said San Bernardino County Deputy Dist. Atty. Briye McCann.