11 News Exclusive Investigation: Clown Arrested On Sex Charges

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

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.

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  • by Lisa Doney Location: Dallas Texas on Jul 22, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    You better make sure that people know this is someone that has never lived in Dallas. MY name is Lisa Doney and I can not believe this story! I do not want my name spread that is NOT TRUE by my name!!!!
  • by misinformed Location: resident on May 16, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    Otero Sheriff is blaming the victim! How do You blame a victim? They have even used the Rocky Ford Daily Gazette to do thier blaming! They need to be held accountable.
  • by anonymous Location: la junta on May 15, 2007 at 07:01 PM
    One thing everyone needs to understand is that maybe in the "CSI" world cases get solved in one hour, however in the real world there are loops that you have to jump through, arrangements with other agencies and getting the cooperation needed from victims. Many people think that one can point a finger and say he did take him away and throw away the key. In the real world you have to dot your i's and cross your t's. Gather all the information and evidence necessary to get a conviction. If the appropriate steps are not taken the suspect could walk away free, then sue the law enforcement agency for being wrongfully accused. Until you have walked in the shoes of a law enforcement officer you do not have an educated opinion. Law enforcement officers work long hours, deal with extreme amounts of stress and are in constant situations that are not safe or can be life threatening. Unfortunetly they do not receive a "Thank You" or "We Appreciate You" for putting their lives on the line every day. Most individuals that have such bad opinions of law enforcement officers are NOT law abiding citizens. Maybe you should look at what you are doing with your life before critizing someone else. THANK YOU LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR KEEPING US SAFE!
  • by Disappointed Location: Colorado on May 15, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    Trust me when I say this isn't the only case Otero County Sheriff has dropped the ball on. It's almost as if you have to go outside to have anything done.
  • by resident on May 12, 2007 at 09:38 AM
    Thank you for this story, maybe this will show the Otero Sheriff that it is not okay to play favorites and maybe next time it wont take so long. Will there be another story about this. I would like to see why the otero sheriff took this long and what they are going to do for potential victims.
  • by cassie Location: rocky ford on May 11, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    Thank you KKTV and the mother for not giving up and standing up to what we think is a sheriff. You deserve justice and someone ought to explain to mother and the victims why this did take so long. The clown is answering for his wrong, now why is the sheriff not accountable?
  • by Former Resident on May 10, 2007 at 10:20 PM
    I would have to agree with Lisa Downey about wanting justice for my child. It is also easy to forget that things could have been much worse if nothing was done in the first place. Though I would have to agree with some of the other comments that I have read. There is one thing that I have seen time and time again is that people will act like high school clique’s. In the way that if a person has no connections and/or relations to city official their problems are put low on the list of things to do. A lot of times people that are in power in small towns don’t have kids of their own. And if they do their problems are put at the top of the to do list. Another comment I would agree with is votes when they are running for office. And how it will make them look good in the eyes of the public in what they can do for them. Remember that elections are coming up next year how many people are going to vote for someone who lies and/or doesn’t follow through. The main thing though I would have to say is that I am very thankful that someone took the time and effort to find a way to catch a criminal and get them off the streets.
  • by sarah on May 6, 2007 at 04:39 PM
    I have news for you all, no one made this individual do the things he did. He obviously has a problem in a big way and I think that someone owes the victim a serious apology as well as the little girls who were this sickos victims during the past 6 months that this man was allowed to prey and not get caught!
  • by cant say Location: swink on May 6, 2007 at 04:36 PM
    I read the comment about how lisa and kktv could jeopardise this case by not being patient. It seems to me that if they had not pressed the issue someone would have found it 20 years from now in a file cabinent. If no one pressed this Sherriff Jonson would not have done anything.
  • by kathy Location: rocky ford on May 6, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    It seems to me someone needs to find out why it took so long to obtain an arrest in this matter. Otero Sheriff obviously does not care, that was evident in the video.
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