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Discuss: Shane Sparks’ Child Molestation Charges

Submitted by on December 22, 2009 – 11:05 pm10 Comments

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In my previous post, I said that 2009 (scandals and all) is not over yet. Unfortunately, those words were proven prophetic by famed choreographer and America’s Best Dance Crew judge, Shane Sparks.

Sparks was arrested last Friday on multiple counts – a total of eight, to be exact – of child molestation and held on $590,000 bail. He posted bail and was released the next day.

The pending charges are the result of an allegedly unlawful relationship the 40-year-old Sparks had with a dance student about 15 years ago. All acts which resulted in charges occurred between 1994 and 1997. The student, whose name has not been released, is reportedly ten years younger than Sparks.

According to the police report, the acts were specifically described as follows:

“…with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions and sexual desires of the said defendant and the said child.”

‘Nuff said.

Since Sparks is 40 years old and this all started 15 years ago, it would make him about 25 at the time. The child was 10 years his junior, which would have made her about 15 years old.

Of course, the dancer/choreographer is innocent until proven guilty.

That said, there should be absolutely no tolerance for such acts or crimes against children and he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if the accusations prove true.

Sparks seems ready to fight back, releasing a quite strong statement through his attorney, Steve Meister, who had this to say:

“Shane Sparks is innocent, he knows it and soon the world will know it. We are going to fight this tooth and nail. It’s a bogus accusation that reeks of opportunism and exploitation. The timing is beyond suspicious, and this whole thing stinks to high heaven. We are going to fight to clear his name, and we are going to succeed.”

Meister has also suggested that these charges may be part of an extortion attempt, which may mean that the victim has recently tried to contact Sparks and seek monetary compensation for her silence.

If she hasn’t, I don’t understand the extortion talk.

While Sparks’s attorney seems quite confident, I do not believe the case will be as quick and easy as he seems to think. If a warrant was issued for an arrest, the arrest was made, and a substantial amount of money was required for bail it is likely that there is some serious evidence against the guy. The amount of time between the acts and the victim’s decision to come forward should be of no consequence if a crime was committed.

I sincerely hope that justice is served one way or the other. Until then, here’s hoping that no other celebrity scandals are uncovered – at least not in 2009.

Your thoughts?

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  • Frost says:

    My opinion AS OF NOW AND WHAT I KNOW is that he probably did have sex with a 15 year old when he was 25.

    Do I think it was rape or some other type of abuse? No. I believe she was a willing participant in it. Girls back then and now are becoming more and more slutty because their parents are not raising them with enough self-respect for their bodies and soul. Which is really sad and parents of daughters really need to do better for their daughters. It’s really not funny when I see YouTube videos of 3, 4, 5 year old girls booty shaking and wanting to dance on a pole.

    Anyway, he should be punished for it because at 25, you don’t need to be messing with little teens, no matter how much they throw themselves on you. I’m not going to ban Shane Sparks or anything like that though, because I still think he’s really talented, and I enjoy his work. But as for her being a victim, I don’t think she is and I don’t think he took advantage of her at all.

    P.S. I do think this is an extortion attempt. For her to come out with this now when he is blowing up is just really suspicious. If Sparks gives her a couple of grand, I bet she will happily STFU because that’s all she wants, not “justice”.

  • Don’t always believe what you see in the media…They pump things up to seem as they’re not. Just like she mentioned before she probably was underage, but like many guys this happens in everyday life and the celebrities in the spotlight pay for it..time after time.

  • Frost says:

    I also wanted to say that I wish charges would relate more to the crime because the way they list them, make it sound like some perverted act.

    For example, GENARLOW WILSON. He was charged with AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION. That sounds like abused a 5 year old doesn’t it? No, he recieved oral sex when he was 17 years old from a 15 year old girl who let him and his friends basically run a train on her and ended up pregnant by somebody a couple of months later.

  • Wow. These are all amazing points! Thanks for the comments.

    @ Frost: You’re exactly right, a lot of young ladies are carrying themselves in such a way that would be enticing or provocative to grown men who get interested in things that the young ladies are not ready for. Parents do have a job to do, letting these young ladies know that they are worth so much more than their bodies and therefore have no need to flaunt them and show them off to the degree that they do. We’re letting the TVs raise our kids, and as long as they preach sex as a way of life, our children will continue to reflect it. That is, unless parents take over and refuse to let their roles be replaced by the tube. Great point about Genarlow Wilson as well. Where is your blog? Should you start one, I’d love to read it.

  • Frost says:

    I don’t have a blog, I just like to talk a lot.

    It would be fun to start one though. Blogspot seems to be the thing to do nowadays.

  • lol @ Frost, “I don’t have a blog, I just like to talk a lot.” When you start your blog on wordpress *cough* not blogspot *cough* you should make that your tagline lol

  • She’s right. WordPress is much better than blogspot. Trust me, I have blogged on both. WP is superior by far. Coincidentally, I haven’t touched my blogspot blog in a few months…

  • Frost says:

    Good deal. Will definately check out WP.

  • Frost says:

    Since we’re already sooo off-topic, please vote for my sister’s project over at Michaelscontest.com (I’ve linked it to my name)

    Anyway, back to topic…

    I’m curious as to how this will affect America’s Best Dance Crew. I believe it starts back next month. I think they will definately replace Shane. They should replace him with another prominent hiphop choreographer.

    Dave Scott, perhaps? Or, I’d love to see Lil’ C.

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