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Sprouse Manager Convicted of Molestation

3/3/2008 6:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Child star manager Josh Werkman has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child molestation and misdemeanor sale of alcoholic beverage to a minor.

Werkman entered his plea in on Friday in Ventura County Superior Court. He will be sentenced on April 2.

Werkman manages Cole and Dylan Sprouse, the twin stars of the Disney Channel's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody." The twins were NOT involved in the case.

Werkman is also CEO of Merimark Entertainment and served as producer on the Sprouse twins' two most recent movies.

Calls to Merimark for comment were not immediately returned. Reps for the Disney Channel had no comment.

Law enforcement tells us Werkman was initially arrested for felony sexual battery by restraint. Sources tell TMZ the alleged victim is a 16-year-old male.

Werkman's lawyer, Steve Cron, says "Josh admitted he annoyed an individual who is a minor and provided that person with alcohol on the day in question. He acknowledged that he used bad judgment on that occasion and that is why he pleaded no contest to the two charges."

UPDATE: TMZ spoke with the prosecutor in the case, Rameen Minoui, who tells us that Werkman must register as a sex offender, and could face up to one year in jail.

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Dennis    

OMG is the media going to turn this into another Michael Jackson fiasco? He gave the boy alcohol, molested him and next thing you know....every boy in Hollywood is involved. I don't know Dylan and Cole personally; but from what I do know, they seem like nice, healthy, sensible young men who aren't going to get caught up in the drug/alcohol scene as so many other young actors/actresses have done. At least I hope they don't. I am not trying to minimize the fact that this guy committed a crime and shoud be punished for it; but don't let the media blow this thing so far out of proportion that it becomes what they want..A MEDIA BOMB !

2318 days ago
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Meryl    

Mr. Werkman pleaded No contested.. THAT MEANS GUILTY.. A man in childrens business that is accused of this, if he was innocent he woudl of fought this to the end ... but HE DID IT..
Read all the articles.. IT says HE WILLINGLY Touched a Minor, which means he mollested him.. YUCK

Lets all just hope that Dylan and Cole Sprouse have not been molested by this creep and hope he serves time, so no other innocent kids get raped

2315 days ago
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Big Daddy    

Very interesting, thanks

2310 days ago
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Meryl    

If you read all the earlier comments, you will see that the twins parents are divorced... this guy Mr. workman
was around these kids all the time... so i guess we will never know what happend and just hope for the best that this child moleter is locked up and put away.
to save future kids

2309 days ago
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Meryl    

THe little boy won.. Mr. WORKMAN GOT 6 MONTHS IN THE SLAMMER>>
PLUs FINES. and HAS TO REGISTERR>> YEAH TMZ for fInding all this out

2309 days ago
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Meryl    

Justice is served.. MR. WORKMAN GOT 6 MONTHS IN JAIL
THANK YOU TMZ

2309 days ago
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Meryl    

JUSTICE SERVED MR. WORKMAN is goin to JAIL for 6-7 MONTHS
THANK YOU TMZ

2309 days ago
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Meryl    

does he have to register as a sex offender?

2309 days ago
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Meryl    

YES he has to register as a SEXX OFFENDER>>> that SICKO

2309 days ago
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Meryl    

Yes he does have to register.. I wonder if the Sprouse Twins Know this.. INTERESTING

but I heard not until he serves his jail time which is 7 months in county slammer

2308 days ago
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anxious for the ending!    

TMZ- what did he end up getting?? The sentence date was April 2nd but I haven't seen a follow up story!!

2307 days ago
13.

Tim    

150 days in jail? That's a sentence? I've gone on backpacking trips for longer then that. Well obviously the kid was a willing participant and the judge was forced to order the minimum sentence required by law. If it had truly been a "rape", the judge would have locked him up and thrown away the key.

2298 days ago
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todd lissner anti adult anti wholesomeness activist-----(kadintodd2@aol.com)    

it doesnt make them gay and its terrible although the alchohol part un2 itself isint so bad cause they should end drinking ages

2339 days ago
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FlBiker    

Creepy McStalker

2339 days ago
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