Clown Moonlighting As Prostitute Caught In Sting Operation: REPORT

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A Pennsylvanian professional clown is facing charges after being busted in a prostitution sting, police said, multiple outlets reported.

The Carbondale Police Department said officers undertook an undercover investigation Sunday, according to ABC27. Police said they allegedly found a man promoting his services in the escort area of a website, whom they then contacted to make arrangements, the outlet reported.

The man was later identified as Francis Bui, the outlet noted. Officers reportedly reached out to the 28-year-old to arrange an appointment in which Bui allegedly assented to carrying out sexual acts at a hotel for $100 an hour.

Bui allegedly met with an undercover officer and was arrested on site, the outlet reported. Bui allegedly told police this was the first time he had offered prostitution services, according to the outlet. (RELATED: Police Arrest Former MLB Pitcher In Child Sex Sting, Authorities Say).

Bui told police he “knew it was wrong,” the outlet reported, citing the affidavit. He also told police he was prostituting because he needed the money, the complaint reads, according to The Times-Tribune.

The man told police he had recently returned from participating in a circus, performing as The Amazing Franko, the outlet reported, citing court documents.

Bui faces charges of promoting prostitution, according to ABC27.

The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.

Last week, officials in Florida made high-profile arrests in a sex sting bust, according to Wesh2 News.

A juvenile intervention specialist with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and a Board of Trustees member for the University of Central Florida (UCF) were both allegedly among the four arrested in the bust, the outlet noted.

Leroy Green, 35, with the SCSO, and Harold Mills, 53, from the UCF board of trustees, were arrested at different parks in Florida after allegedly communicating with undercover agents through the same hookup app, the outlet reported.

Both men are reportedly facing charges of prostitution and indecent exposure.