Sparks Ordered To Trial On Sex Charges

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November 2, 2010 | 3:25pm EST

Emmy-nominated reality TV star Shane Sparks is to stand trial later this month on eight counts of child molestation.
Sparks, best known as a choreographer and judge on Randy Jackson’s hit MTV show America’s Best Dance Crew, was taken into police custody in Los Angeles on a felony warrant in December and later released on $590,000 (GBP393,330) bail.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Sparks allegedly committed lewd acts upon a child in multiple incidents between 1994 and 1997.

Sparks has pleaded not guilty to six counts of lewd acts on a minor and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16 in March. His defense attorney, Steve Meister, has branded the accusations “extortion, Hollywood style”.

On Monday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled there was enough evidence for the 41-year-old to stand trial.

Sparks is scheduled to be arraigned on 15 November.