Wow,Â this is really getting out of hand… some of theseÂ Â celebs think that they can do anything these days. Hip-hop dancer Shane Sparks, a choreographer on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and a judge on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” was arrested Friday in Los Angeles and charged with eight counts of felony child molestation.
The 40-year-old, whose legal name is Melvin Sparks, was taken into custody by detectives at about 8 a.m. at his North Hollywood home on a felony warrant.
His bail, set at $590,000, was posted Saturday night. His lawyer says he is ready to fight what he calls “extortion, Hollywood style.” Steve Meister says the charges against his client “are completely without merit” and that Sparks “knows he is innocent and will fight to clear his name.”
The investigation surrounds a decade-old incident involving a teenager. Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, says a criminal complaint was filed by the alleged victim, whose full name they are withholding because she was a minor at the time.
“There’s one victim, and it occurred in the ’90s.Â I believe it started in ’94 and went on for several years,” Robison tells E! News. “It’s an underaged girl. She was under 15 when the alleged crimes occurred.Â She is an adult now and came forward to authorities.”
Meister, tells TMZ the whole thing “stinks to high heaven” since Sparks’ accuser waited 15 years (until Sparks became famous) before she came forward.
According to the criminal complaint, the felony charges filed Friday against Sparks include six counts of committing a lewd act upon a child 14-years-old or younger, and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16 for acts committed between 1995 and 1997.
If convicted, Sparks would have to provide a DNA sample and fingerprints for a national database of sex offenders, pursuant to California Penal Code Section 290.
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