By Dave Rogers Staff Writer
---- — SALISBURY -- Police say a nude man who works as a clown and child entertainer was arrested yesterday morning after jumping into a tractor-trailer truck at a Rowley rest stop off Interstate 95 and soliciting the male driver.
According to state police, James Vosolo, 46, of Danvers surprised the truck driver Tuesday evening just before midnight, hopping naked into his truck cab and asking him if he wanted to have sex. Vosolo is a clown entertainer employed by Total Entertainment of Danvers, state police said.
A state police official said the truck driver called police after feigning interest and suggesting they meet up at the Seabrook, N.H., rest stop. Trooper Michael Caranfa responded to the call and attempted to pull Vosolo over. Vosolo proceeded to throw items, which police believed to be narcotics, out of his car before stopping alongside the highway in Salisbury. The narcotics have yet to be recovered.
Vosolo was wearing only thong underwear when Caranfa approached. Vosolo was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, assault and battery, failure to stop for police, marked lanes and disorderly conduct. According to police he allegedly grabbed the truck driver after entering his cab.
A search of Vosolo’s vehicle resulted in the seizure of several sex toys, Halloween masks and head lamps. He is expected to be arraigned today at Newburyport District Court. According to state police, Vosolo has no previous convictions.
A representative of the Danvers-based Total Entertainment said yesterday Vosolo was no longer employed there but had previously worked as a tent installer and truck driver. When asked if he had also worked as a child entertainer, the representative would not comment.
According to Vosolo’s LinkedIn profile, a professional networking website, he lists himself as an event manager for Total Entertainment. Over the years Vosolo has attended numerous functions across the state dressing up as Uncle Sam, Elvis Presley and other characters. Various photos on newspaper websites show him dressed as a clown, marching in a Swampscott parade and posing with Red Sox legend Bill Lee at a community event in Ipswich.
Since 1992, Total Entertainment has provided clowns, mimes, magicians, pirates, stilt walkers and other entertainers for birthday parties, festivals and events. They also offer bouncing houses, table games, costumes, DJ’s and sports inflatables. Over the years clients have included the Massachusetts State Police, Verizon, Partners Healthcare and Fidelity Investments. Total Entertainment is located at 123 Liberty St. and is owned by Danvers resident Richard Kraby.
In 2009, Vosolo was the subject of a background check by the Essex County Probation Department after he agreed to allow a former Salem resident, Nicolas Pratt, who was accused of shaking his then 6-month-old son, to live with him. Pratt also worked at Total Entertainment where Vosolo was listed in court documents as his supervisor.
Every day thousands of motorists, including families, truck drivers and commuters stop at one of the dozens of rest areas to that dot the Massachusetts interstate highway system. Much to the concern of the state police, rest stops and truck weighing stations are also popular places for men and women to engage in sexual activity of all persuasions, according to state police.
To ensure motorists can safely grab a bite to eat, use the restrooms or take a quick nap without fear is a priority of the state police. To curb such activity, state police cruisers regularly patrol the network of rest stops and truck stations looking not only for those having sex but selling or using drugs, drinking in public and other illegal or illicit behavior, Procopio said.
“People know the state police are nearby,” Procopio said.