Molesto the Christian Clown

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office brings us this delightful tale about Amon Paul Carlock, Jr., a/k/a Klutzo the Clown and Professor Paul the Magician. It seems that:

Amon Paul Carlock, 57, of the 2300 block of Hedge Lane, [Springfield, Ill.] was arrested yesterday by ICE agents and charged in the Central District of Illinois with possessing child pornography and traveling overseas to engage in sexual conduct with a minor. . . .

The affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges Carlock traveled to the Philippines and worked as a clown at the House of Joy orphanage where he photographed minor boys, and while having sexual contact with at least three boys aged 9- and 10-years-old. On June 12, Carlock arrived at San Francisco airport from Manila. He was referred for a routine baggage inspection, which revealed numerous images of naked young boys on his digital camera and laptop computer, some of whom appeared to be posing and others who did not appear to be aware they were being photographed.

During the Sept. 28 execution of a federal search warrant at Carlock’s Springfield residence, ICE agents recovered compact discs containing child pornography movies.

But this guy is no garden variety degenerate sex tourist. He’s a degenerate sex tourist in the Army of the Lord:

According to Carlock’s clown website, he is an ordained minister formerly with the Church of the Nazarene and currently with Missionary Church International.

The original version of Carlock’s website is gone, but the Ministry page of the archived version (here) says that Carlock and his wife:

are available for vacation Bible schools, children’s crusades, Sunday school, children’s church, church parties and special occasions. Programs and emphasis can be customized to fit your needs and purpose.

Bible stories, object lessons, gospel magic, skits, gospel balloon illustrations, bible games, and more can be used to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to your children.

In addition, these same techniques can be used to illustrate moral truths and life skills.

The criminal complaint against Carlock is available here courtesy of The Smoking Gun.

A write-up in the Peoria Journal Star includes this lovely tidbit:

In December 1986, Carlock wrote a letter to the State Journal-Register complaining about a cartoon. In it, he said he was a conservative Christian and not ashamed of the fact.

“I am not in favor of censorship, but do feel that far too much ‘smut’ has been poured into the minds of Americans by all forms of media,” he wrote.

“I have spent the past 16 years in law enforcement and related professions. I have spoken with victims and offenders and have read many case histories in which pornographic materials played an overwhelming role in the events that have left lives shattered and homes broken.”

Later in the letter, he wrote: “Why is it so unreasonable to assume the government has the right to protect the public from the harmful effects of pornography (especially in light of the vast amounts of evidence to support this claim)?”

And finally, here is Rev. Carlock’s Amazon.com profile. You won’t get far past the “tags used” section before needing a shower.

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