Birthday party clown sentenced to 38 years in prison for sexually assaulting girl


A part-time birthday party clown was sentenced to 38 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Huntington Beach, Orange County Superior Court records show.

Gualberto Torres-Vargas, 40, pleaded guilty to one count each of continuous sexual abuse, sodomy by force of a child under 14 years old, performing a lewd act on a child under 14 and forcible rape.

Torres-Vargas was arrested Nov. 19, 2015, by Huntington Beach police officers responding to a child molestation call at a residence.


Prosecutors charged Torres-Vargas with sexually assaulting the girl between Nov. 1, 2014, and Nov. 9, 2015. The 9-year-old told her mother, who notified Huntington Beach police.

Though jail records identify Torres-Vargas as a cook, he also worked as a children’s party clown on the weekends.

He did not meet his victim while at a children’s party, authorities said at the time of his arrest.

Sclafani writes for Times Community News.