12/23/2009 05:13:00 AM

Shane Sparks out on $590,000 bail.

Posted by SouthernGurl

Shane Sparks, the 40-year-old America's Best Dance Crew judge, is free on bail after being arrested on eight charges of child molestation last week. My guess is he's going to be spending his free time trying to find another job. Good luck with that, son. Anywhoo, let his lawyer tell it, Shane (real name Melvin Sparks) was apparently being extorted "Hollywood style" and that the whole case "stinks to high heaven" since Sparks' accuser waited 15 years (until Sparks became famous) before she came forward. Meister says the charges "are completely without merit" and that Sparks "knows he is innocent and will fight to clear his name."

I guess.

The investigation surrounds a decade-old incident involving a teenager. Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, says a criminal complaint was filed by the alleged victim, whose full name they are withholding because she was a minor at the time. "There's one victim, and it occurred in the '90s. I believe it started in '94 and went on for several years," Robison tells E! News. "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 criminal complaint, the felony charges filed Friday against Sparks include 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 for acts committed between 1995 and 1997. If convicted, Sparks would have to provide a DNA sample and fingerprints for a national database of sex offenders, pursuant to California Penal Code Section 290.



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