Choreographer Shane Sparks Arrested for Child Molestation

So, here’s a bit of unpleasant news from TMZ:

Shane Sparks — a judge on the MTV show “America’s Best Dance Crew” — has been arrested and charged with 9 counts of child molestation.

The LAPD took Sparks into custody at 8AM PT this morning on a felony warrant charging him with molestation.

The alleged incidents began occurring in 1994. According to the criminal complaint Shane allegedly committed the crimes of lewd acts upon a child — all felonies.

The criminal complaint — filed by the L.A. County District Attorney’s office — lists 9 incidents of alleged molestation with an underage girl.

There’s more at TMZ. It’s icky. Shane Sparks is a judge on Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew. He has also choreographed rountines for So You Think You Can Dance.

via Rickey.org

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40 Comments

  1. Wow – that’s horrible if it’s true. I’ve watched 5 seasons of SYTYCD and thought his choreography was great.

    Too bad a story like this has to appear just above the wonderful story about Jason Castro’s visit to sing for the little girl with leukemia.

  2. I’m very confused by this. It says this happened in 1994. He was born in 1974.

    ‘The lewd acts include oral copulation and other acts “with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions, and sexual desires of the defendant, who was at least 10 years older than [the victim].”‘

    So … 15 years ago at the age of 19 or 20 he molested, like, a 9 or 10 year old? Weird. …. And especially weird that this is a 15-year-old complaint, and if somebody is messing with 9 year olds at age 20, I would think that the pedophilia thing would be likely to continue…. So is some of what is being reported here wrong or are we about to be treated to 15 years of back complaints? … Ugh.

  3. I’m confused by the timeline, too.
    I guess it might not be unusual to wait 15 years to file charges but I think that there is more to the story.
    Sucks for everyone involved.

  4. Oh my goodness. I’m sure more will come out over the next few days, but still… eeewww!

  5. The 15 year timespan is strange to me, too. Then again, I don’t know how these sort of things work.

    It’s going to get ugly, regardless.

  6. I’d heard rumors about him before, but about him getting a little too friendly with the 16 and 17 year old girls who came to Pulse and other workshops. So, underage, but certainly not 9 or 10. A friend whose daughter went to those workshops told me at least two years ago that she’d been warned not to let her daughter be alone with Shane, and that the talk among other mothers was pretty widespread.

  7. I just read elsewhere that the court documents claim he was really born in 1969, not 1974, so he could’ve been 25 and the victim 15. Which is still really horrifying, but not as quite as horrifying as molesting a ten-year-old.

  8. A friend whose daughter went to those workshops told me at least two years ago that she’d been warned not to let her daughter be alone with Shane, and that the talk among other mothers was pretty widespread.

    that is so sad and wrong and gross! man, shane is such a creeper. i’m sure now more girls willl come forward knowing that they were not the only ones. i hope the girl(s) get counseling.

  9. SYTYCD and the creepy choreographers, what’s up with that?

    He’s innocent until proven guilty, and so I keep that in mind (Duke LaCrosse team anyone?) but IF it’s true, ugh. Sad as he’s a talented choreographer, dancer and good judge, but possibly icky human being.

  10. I know the girl and Shane. She was 15 in 1994. I don’t know how old he actually is. She was a student at a dance studio he taught at. She was obsessed with him. She seemed like she was a bit “off”. Shane shouldn’t have had sex with her but it’s not a creepy “child molestation” thing that it’s being made out to be.

  11. He’s not an icky human being. He lets people take his dance classes for free when they can’t afford to and does choreography for free for charity events. Other than this transgression he’s a stand up guy. The girl didn’t look or act 15 if that’s any consolation.

  12. Too bad a story like this has to appear just above the wonderful story about Jason Castro’s visit to sing for the little girl with leukemia.

    exactly what I thought.

  13. Other than this transgression he’s a stand up guy. The girl didn’t look or act 15 if that’s any consolation. Shane shouldn’t have had sex with her but it’s not a creepy ‘child molestation’  thing that it’s being made out to be.

    Having sex with a 15 year old is a felony not a transgression. I don’t care how old she “acted”, if she’s underage she’s off limits.
    If he touched my 15 year old daughter, I would make it my mission in life to destroy him.

  14. We are awfully quick to judge here, not really knowing the circumstances. But this was 15 years ago, what took so long? I smell someone wanting money… big time

  15. I know the girl and Shane. She was 15 in 1994. I don’t know how old he actually is. She was a student at a dance studio he taught at. She was obsessed with him. She seemed like she was a bit ‘off’ . Shane shouldn’t have had sex with her but it’s not a creepy ‘child molestation’  thing that it’s being made out to be.

    The 1969 birth date makes it all make a lot more sense. It’s the 1974 birth date that made the issue about a “child.” … I figured there had to be something wrong.

    Now we’re talking teenager with a 20-something guy. Quite a different scenario….. If he’s the one who has put about that he was born in 1974, he’ll probably be wanting to change his story on that at this point!

  16. If what he did is true, I hope he gets convicted and spends alot of time in jail. It is easy for an adult to manipulate a child or young teenage victim who lacks life experience and has been taught to trust adults. I have seen studies that as high as 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys have been molested by an adult.

  17. The girl didn’t look or act 15 if that’s any consolation.

    Uhm. not really. If he knew how old she was, he should have been man enough to keep it in his pants. He was the adult in the situation.

  18. I know the girl and Shane. She was 15 in 1994. I don’t know how old he actually is. She was a student at a dance studio he taught at. She was obsessed with him. She seemed like she was a bit ‘off’ . Shane shouldn’t have had sex with her but it’s not a creepy ‘child molestation’  thing that it’s being made out to be.

    It seems to me you don’t know anything about the victim or Shane. If Shane violated a student’s trust he should be held accountable for his actions. It doesn’t matter if the girl was obsessed with him or seemed a bit off. She was a teenager and he was the adult.

  19. with over half a million for bail…whatever the allegations are – it’s serious.

  20. GreenHippo
    12/18/2009 at 4:24 pm
    We are awfully quick to judge here, not really knowing the circumstances. But this was 15 years ago, what took so long? I smell someone wanting money’ ¦ big time

    actually it’s not that unusual for someone to wait a long time to come forward. I know someone who was sexually abused at 10 and then blocked it out and then remembered it years later after intense therapy. It’s not that uncommon, also most people won’t tell anyone about it cause there scared people will say things like “there doing this for attention” or “there doing this for money”. I don’t know more about this situation more then anyone else but I don’t think it can just be dismissed as “they Want money”

  21. People

    Being charged with something doesn’t mean you are guilty of anything!

    Anybody can cry rape! But the person accused can never recover. I know! a good friend of mine was accused of rape. It was proven that the women lied.

    He never recovered because the damage had been done

    he killed himself last year because of it.

    men accused of this should NEVER have their names published unless they are convicted!

    What’s the girl’s name?

  22. This is ridiculous. Try being a straight guy at a dance studio. It’s heck on wheels and you would have to be gay to turn the fan girls down.

  23. primetimemom
    12/19/2009 at 12:17 am

    This is ridiculous. Try being a straight guy at a dance studio. It’s heck on wheels and you would have to be gay to turn the fan girls down.

    primetimemom, You wouldn’t have to be gay. You’d only have to be intelligent and restrained and totally scared of taking a communal shower in a prison.

    I’m not saying he did it…the jury is still out, but to say that any man would abuse a teenager who is (most likely) making herself more than available is patently false. I happen to know one very well who ran far far away.

    ETA: I don’t know many “world-weary women” who are 15 years old…unless, of course, they’ve supported their family of 6 since age 11 and have at least two children who they conceived through the prostitution they were forced to do to support said family since age 8. That would certainly make a person “world-weary.”

  24. You guys are assuming an innocent child filed these charges. No, it was a relationship that SHE persued at 15 and now has second thoughts, or more likely motivation due to money. Sorry, but a 15yo world weary woman is not a child IMO. She preported her age to be 19 and as she looked it nobody questioned it. She comes from a poor background and I would guess money is the motivator.

  25. Sounds like this could get dirty. LA County has never been discreet, or really intelligent when handling investigations.

    If what these posters is saying is true, and this girl lied about her age and is now cashing in, I really feel for Shane Sparks. I’m going to wait until I know more to make a judgment.

    I can say that can be true about straight male dancers. Even the married ones. I once knew a guy who brought his wife with him to his classes for a while.

  26. We ought to wait untill he is, or is not, convicted to form any hard conclusions. If he is found to be innocent, his life will still be shit as many will just believe he Might have, could have, or would have!!! Voila, no career!
    Just speculating too!….”Any adult,” who is persuaded by a student who is obsessed with him, and encourages a relationship should be SENTENCEDTO A CHAIN GANG for a LONG TIME.

  27. you would have to be gay to turn the fan girls down.

    Or, you know, professional and responsible. Waiting to see how the court case goes because innocent before proven guilty. But in general, I think if you have a hard time keeping it in your pants when you’re propositioned by young girls, you shouldn’t be working around young girls.

    I haven’t really loved his choreo outside of the first Too Much Booty for Benjelle, so that’s not a huge loss.

  28. well, I will wait until he is proven guilty.
    I have a 13 year old daughter and I would personally harm anybody, who would even try to do something to her.
    But we don’t know the whole story and I agree that if he is innocent he is ruined no matter what :(

  29. I know a girl who was molested at age 10. The sex offender told her she was dirty, it was her fault and he would hurt her and her family if she told anyone. She never told anyone till she was 17. Victims who come forward after years are saving other potential victims . It takes tremendous courage.Alot of teens have crushes on adults before they have relationships cause they think it is safe. It is sad when adults don’t act like adults and violate their trust.

  30. Awwww, I always liked Shane. I seriously hope these allegations are not true. And if they are…he deserves to spend a lot of time in jail.

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