He was released Saturday night after posting 590-thousand-dollars bail. The alleged crimes reportedly involve a girl that Sparks is said to have had a relationship with during the 1990s. Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robinson explains, quote, “It’s an underage girl. She was under 15 when the alleged crimes occurred. She is an adult now and came forward to authorities.” According to the complaint, Sparks is facing 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. The acts were allegedly committed between 1995 and 1997.
Following his release from jail, Shane Sparks’ attorney, Steve Meister, told TMZ.com that the charges “are completely without merit,” adding that the entire case, quote, “stinks to high heaven.” Meister adds that his client knows that he is innocent and will “fight to clear his name.”
Shane Sparks rose to fame in 2004 as the choreographer for the film “You Got Served.” He went on to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” He currently serves as a judge on the MTV dance show “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Shane Sparks is the second “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer to be arrested on sex related charges. In August, Alex Da Silva was arrested on charges that he raped four of his students.