A man who works as a clown for children’s parties is behind bars in Otero County charged with sexual exploitation of a child. Tomorrow, 29-year-old Antonio Lazcano will face a judge.
This all started when one Southern Colorado mother found pictures of a naked man in her 12-year-old daughter's email. We first introduced you to a Rocky Ford mother, Lisa Doney back in February when we were working on a story about sex offenders using Myspace. What's been so frustrating for Lisa is how difficult it was to get the alleged predator arrested.
If you take a look at the photos, some are so obscene, we had to blur the images that aired on television. They’re the pictures Lisa Doney says she found in her daughter's email back in November. "I took it to Otero County, but that wasn't enough, so I came home and began to chat with the man." Pretending to be her daughter, Lisa says she talked on-line with the man. A man who police now believe is 29-year-old Antonio Lazcano. In Grand Junction, Lazcano is known as "Giggles the Clown" and lives right across the street from an elementary school.
"We were talking about sex and I asked if it hurt. He said, ‘Only the first time.’ I asked, how he knew and he said he heard it from other little girls." Lisa says within 20 minutes, she received more pictures and that wasn't all. "The video was disgusting. I had to leave room while it was downloading," Lisa says. She gave the video, photos, and chat log to the Otero County Sheriff's Office in November. "It's been really frustrating. This is such a small town, they feel they don't need to take care of this."
So when nothing was done by February, Lisa took matters into her own hands. She set up another email account under a different 12-year-old girl's name and began chatting with who she believed to be the same man. This time, he asks Lisa to meet in person. Desperate to stop him, Lisa contacted 3 other police agencies. “They can verify it was his IP address, his computers... I told them everything they needed to know about the guy. How hard does it have to be?" In March, nearly 5 months after Lisa first found those disturbing pictures, we went searching for answers at the Otero County Sheriff's Office and spoke with Undersheriff Ken Kimsey. “It's under investigation," the undersheriff says. When I asked him how long it takes to arrest an alleged sexual predator, Undersheriff Kimsey replies, “Depends on what the investigation is complete." I asked if the sheriff’s office if they were chatting with him or were they dropping the ball on this investigation? The undersheriff walked away from me and went behind closed doors, and didn’t answer any more of my questions.
One month after our talk with Undersheriff Kimsey and 6 months after Lisa started her crusade, Antonio Lazcano is arrested and charged with four felony sex crimes against a child. Lisa fears in the time it took to lock him up other little girls may have fallen victim. “I’ll testify. I’ll go to court.”
In a document obtained by 11 News, Undersheriff Kimsey says his office had been working with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for the past 6 months. But when I contacted the CBI, a month ago, an agent told me they hadn't heard of the case yet. Two hours after we got off the phone, an agent was sent to Otero County.
Lisa says something parents need to know was that Lazcano was telling her all along to keep it a secret from her parents.