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CLOWN CHARGED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

A circus clown has been caught on videotape having sex with a 16-year-old youth, police said.

Christopher Bayer, who worked as a clown named Smiley, was a friend of the boy's father and a frequent overnight house guest, police said.

The father overheard a conversation that led him to believe Bayer, 27, was carrying on a relationship with his son, and he set up a hidden camera. The camera captured Bayer and the boy "engaging in a sexual act," Detective Sgt. Kenneth Williams said.

The father called police, who arrested Bayer Saturday and confiscated the videotape.

Bayer was charged with third-degree sodomy, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was being held on $25,000 bail.

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