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SYTYCD, Dance Crew judge charged with child molestation

December 19, 2009

mmab6738Choreographer and reality-TV judge Shane Sparks was arrested Friday morning and charged with several counts of child molestation, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The 40-year-old Sparks is being held on $590,000 bail.

The complaint, filed by the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, charges Sparks with 8 incidents of child molestation and identifies the victim as a girl who was younger than 14 years old when the incidents began. The abuse is alleged to have continued until 1997.

According to the LAPD news release, investigators believe there may be more victims and are asking them to come forward.

Sparks first appeared as hip-hop choreographer on season one of So You Think You Can Dance and became a guest judge in season three.  He is also a permanent judge on America’s Best Dance Crew.

Sparks was nominated for an Emmy for his work as a choreographer on season three of SYTYCD.

Shane Sparks on the red carpet at the 2008 FOX REALITY CHANNEL REALLY AWARDS.  CR: Michael Buckner / FOX REALITY CHANNEL.

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