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Choreographer Shane Sparks Pleads No Contest To Sex With Minor

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VAN NUYS (CBS) — Choreographer Shane Sparks, who was a judge on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” pleaded no contest Tuesday to a felony charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 and was sentenced to 270 days in jail.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped eight sex-related counts involving an underage girl in the 1990s, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Along with the jail term, which must be completed within one year, Judge Martin Herscovitz ordered Sparks to complete 52 sexual offender counseling sessions and spend five years on formal probation, during which time he cannot be near a female minor without another adult being present.

The criminal complaint, filed in December 2009, alleged that the crimes occurred between July 1994 and April 1997.

Sparks, now 42, was arrested Dec. 18, 2009, at his Studio City home and released the following day on bail.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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