Shane Sparks, judge on MTV's 'America's Best Dance Crew,' arrested on suspicion of child molestation
December 18, 2009 | 3:05 pm
Shane Sparks, a judge on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew," was arrested this morning on suspicion of felony child molestation, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Sparks was taken into custody at his North Hollywood home at 8 a.m., said Officer Gregory Baek. He is being held in lieu of $590,000 bail.
Authorities released few details but said the alleged crime occurred in the 1990s and that authorities only recently learned about it. More details are expected to be released later today.
[Updated at 6:30 p.m.: The Los Angeles district attorney’s office filed an eight-count felony complaint today against Sparks, alleging multiple lewd acts upon a child, starting in 1994. It identified the victim as a girl who was younger than 14 years old when the incidents began.]
Sparks is a hip-hop choreographer who snagged an Emmy nomination for choreography work on ”So You Think You Can Dance.”
Police say he is 40 years old, but his website says he’s 35.