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Choreographer Shane Sparks Charged with Child Molestation

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, a choreographer best known for his work on So You Think You Dance and his critiques on America’s Best Dance Crew, was arrested earlier today at his California home.

According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, the hip hop dance instructor - real name Melvin Sparks - is being accused of child molestation. The incidents, which occurred with one person in their early teens, occurred between 1994-1997. It’s not clear why the events are now coming to light.

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So You Think You Can Dance’s Alex Da Silva Charged with Rape

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Alex Da SilvaFour months after being released due to lack of evidence, choreographer has been rearrested on rape-related offenses…and this time, he’s been slapped with a few charges.

The dance instructor, whose best known for his work on , was cuffed this morning at his North Hollywood home for crimes allegedly committed against four different women.

According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the incidents occurred between 2002 and 2009. The victims - ranging from 20 to 26 in age - had been taking classes with Da Silva. In total, Alex has been charged with eight felonies: four counts of forcible rape, two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.

Da Silva is being held on $6.2 million bail. A conviction on all charges could mean up to life in prison.

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No Charges Yet for SYTYCD’s Da Silva

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Legal Issues

DescriptionDays after being arrested on investigation of sexual assault, choreographer Alex Da Silva was released from jail.

The 41-year-old contributor was taken into custody by police last Saturday as a result of several rape allegations. Four different victims had accused the dance instructor of assault between 2003 and 2009.

Although the complainants each reported similar stories, the Los Angeles County prosecutors office has not been able to file charges due to a lack of evidence. More women have since come forth with their own stories, so the investigation is not yet closed.

No word yet what this might mean - if anything - for the next season of SYTYCD. The FOX reality series starts up again on May 21.

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So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer Accused of Rape

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television, Legal Issues

Alex Da SilvaUPDATE: Prosecutors have not yet filed any charges. Da Silva will be released while the investigation continues.

This FOX scandal might just top anything ever connected to American Idol.

Over the weekend, choreographer Alex Da Silva was taken in by police on suspicion of sexual assault. The arrest stemmed from alleged incidents involving four different women.

Although the 41-year-old salsa dancer had been previously accused of sexual assault in 2003, 2004 and 2005, charges were never filed by the prosecutors office. After a new complaint on March 28, the LAPD went back and reinterviewed Alex’s previous accusers. Similar stories filed by all four women - all unknown to each other - led to Saturday’s arrest.

“The victims allege that he lured them to his homes in North Hollywood and Van Nuys,” a statement from the police department read. “He then used a ruse to get them into his bedroom, where he raped them.”

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