Discuss: Shane Sparks’ Child Molestation Charges
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.”
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.
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