Jose Guadalupe Jimenez is charged with two counts of lewd acts upon a child, a count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and a count of forcible lewd act on a child.
The 41-year-old Anaheim man's arraignment was continued Monday until April 22. He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Orange County prosecutors say Jimenez was dressed as a clown when he grabbed a girl at a fast-food stand in January 2002 and drove to a school parking lot, where the attack occurred.
Investigators say a DNA sample taken after an arrest in another case linked him to the attack..