LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Alex Da Silva, a well-known salsa dance instructor and a former choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance,” was convicted Friday of raping one woman and assaulting another.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Da Silva, 43, guilty of raping a 22-year-old woman in August 2002.

The jury — eight men and four women — also convicted the dance teacher of intent to commit rape in 2009 on a 25-year-old woman. They acquitted him in that incident of forcible rape.

Jurors (who deliberated on all counts for four days) deadlocked on four counts, including the alleged rapes of two other women.

After the verdict was read, Da Silva’s attorney, Patrick S. Smith, was quoted as saying, “I’m extremely disappointed, but this is the system.”

Da Silva will be back in court November 8 when the DA’s office will announce if they want to re-try him on the counts the jurors deadlocked on.

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Comments (6)
  1. Art says:

    Wow. He might mot survive Prison.

    I know him and like him. I saw his interaction with females a lot and I don’t think he raped anybody. I do know he ripped off a lot of money. Maybe it was Karma that got him convicted.
    He should have never made fun of the Authorities. His EGO cost him his Freedom as it does for a lot of Macho guys.

  2. anon says:

    What show we he be on next,
    ‘So You Think You Can Rape?’

    1. twonons says:

      wow you are the cleverest person ever. Now if you can only learn grammar. Nimrod.

  3. stacy dasilva says:

    to art, i´m more then positive my brother didn´t rape anyone. i´ve never known of him rip anyone off though.. i just hope my brother gets to invert this. i love you alex!

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