SEX FELON SPARKIE THE CLOWN CHARGED (Registered sex felon charged.  Man who works as clown accused of molesting girls.)

Dallas Morning News/Rick Klein
Ronald Steve Chewning Jr., a 30-year-old registered sex offender, known to many areachildren as Sparkie the Clown, was arrested after two girls told police that he molestedthem.  Officers allege that Chewning had inappropriate contact with two neighborhood childrenthis summer while not in costume.  The girls, ages 12 and 13, told investigators that hetouched them in the front yard of his Balch Springs home.  He was arrested on two seconddegree felony counts of indecency with a child by contact.  He was being held in lieu of$150,000 bail.