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Sparks Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation

3/11/2010 3:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"America's Best Dance Crew" judge Shane Sparks just officially pled "not guilty" to eight counts of child molestation.

Sparks was arrested mid-December for allegedly performing several lewd acts on an underage girl over a span of several years, beginning in 1994.

Sparks is due back in court on April 20th -- his lawyer has called the molestation charges a "Hollywood style" extortion attempt.

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1.

Bree    

You forget that Shane is/was a dance instructor for "So You Think You Can Dance" as well.

1651 days ago
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disturbed    

another child molester

eeeeewwwwwwwww!

The ladies his own age don't want anything to do with him.
So he tries to take advantage of people under 18 who don't know any better.

1651 days ago
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Greeneyes    

Makes one wonder, why this piece of news only appeared briefly back in December and now on TMZ, while just the mention of Molestation and Michael Jackson appears on every possible news forum available.

Granted Sparks isn't such a big star as Michael Jackson, but still, this makes one wonder....

1651 days ago
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truth    

It was because MJ was a bigger star and a better TARGET (too nice) and they could harm him more greatly! The bigger the better to humiliate and sway the public opinion. As with some items already revealed, soon more items about MJ will be revealed that will make the media eat their feet even more........stay tuned. I have very good sources.

1651 days ago
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Just Sayin    

you can extort money from people with no money?

1651 days ago
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Darlene    

terrible!!!!!!!!!

1651 days ago
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wish mj was here    

i wondering if people will put him through pure hell like they do michael jackson.i bet not.what post #4 said is the truth.now he knows a little bit of what michael went through.whats really funny and i dont mean ha ha funny either is that hes not splashed all over the news and on nancy grace show like michael jackson was.hmm i wonder why.love and miss you mj please come back.

1651 days ago
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Q    

Can we please now come to agreement that yes, Black people also molest children? They all keep saying its a White people thing...but then in the same breath say "all men are created equal" then that would mean we also are equal in our deviance. Right? Or are we stuck saying White men Molest, Black men Murder? Please move on people, black and white are equally evil..its just that Blacks get incarcerated at rates of something like for every 100 white men going to prison, 900 black men go....explain that one please, and dont use the tired saying "Just Us" for justic as Richard Pryor brainwashed so many to...recall he's the one who reinstated the "N" word as a cool thing to use and say before going to Africa and crying and telling us all "never to use it again"...Too late.

Just Us, and the N word dont cut it anymore....and yes, Black men are child molesters too.

1651 days ago
9.

MZLB    

Hurry up and come back to ABDC I can't stand beyotch azz Omarion

1650 days ago
10.

ann wilson    

What they did to Michael was a crying shame. People are just evil. He was one of the greatest entertainers plus a great humanitarian. I feel these charges contributed greatly to his demise.

1650 days ago
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billy    

what is the statutes to this? this happened 16 years ago? i am not trying to side with him but what is law on statutes for this crime?

1650 days ago
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wish mj was here    

#4 can i ask you what you mean by more items? does it have to do with his death or his case he was tried for? ive heard so much on him about his death thats why im asking. thank you

1650 days ago
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Patrick Knif    

I don't know if Sparks is innocent or guilty, but I do know that the media's reporting of this is worlds apart from the way it handled, and continues to handle, reports connected with the bogus charges against Michael Jackson. The media made every effort to get Jackson convicted and, failing that, to smear him in the minds of the public. To this day, despite overwhelming evidence that Jackson was completely innocent, most mainstream media refuses to report anything attesting to his innocence.

1650 days ago
14.

Esther    

Keep the faith Shane... God will see you through. Keep praying... You still have a lot of fans rooting for you.

1650 days ago
15.

fan    

Jackson didn't abuse kids but he was brainwashed by his
religious upbringing. He had an abusive father & a mother who allowed the abuse. He was told by the Jacksons to forgive his father & believe that kids could "help him relive his childhood".
He wouldn't accept that greedy children & criminals destroyed him in every way.
He thought only music companies hurt him. He forgave the kids.
Before he knew the accusers hurt him, he lost his dignity & started losing his ability to live without anxiety & self-destruction.
He was too talented & famous so no one told him how jealous, vicious people
would (not could) extort money from him.

1650 days ago
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