*Former “America’s Best Dance Crew” judge Shane Sparks today entered a “not guilty” plea to eight counts of child molestation.
The choreographer’s Dec. 18 arrest in Los Angeles was for allegedly performing several lewd acts on an underage girl over a span of several years, beginning in 1994.
Sparks, whose age was listed as 40 in the arrest warrant, was charged with six felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child, identified by her first name and last initial as being under the age of 14, “with the intent of arousing, appealing to, and gratifying the lust, passions and sexual desires of the said defendant and the said child.” The alleged incidents are said to have occurred between July 1, 1994 and August 1, 1994, December 1, 1994 and August 3, 1995, August 4, 1995 and April 30, 1997 and April 4, 1995 and April 30, 1997.
He was also charged with two counts of oral copulation of a person under the age of 16 by someone over the age of 21 for incidents that allegedly occurred between April 4, 1995 and April 30, 1997 and August 4, 1995 and April 30, 1997.
KTTV Fox News 11 in Los Angeles reported that the victim was one of Sparks’ dance students at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles.
Sparks is denying the charges, which his lawyer has referred to as a “Hollywood style” extortion attempt. He’s due back in court on April 20, reports TMZ.
The dancer was fired from MTV’s “ABDC” in January, about a month after his arrest on the felony child molestation warrant. Singer/dancer Omarion replaced him on the show.