Alex Da Silva Sentenced to 10 Years For Rape

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Former So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Alex Da Silva has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a former dance student, reports say.

Da Silva was arrested back in 2009 for a whole host of felonies.

The 43-year-old was charged with sexually assaulting four women, all former dance students of his between the ages of 20 and 26 at the time. Sick.

Da Silva was convicted of one count of rape and one count of assault with intent to rape. The jury deadlocked on the other charges, which were dismissed.

Da Silva appeared on Seasons 1-4 of SYTYCD (above, mentoring now-DWTS pro Chelsie Hightower). He was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Fellow one-time SYTYCD mainstay Shane Sparks was also charged with a sex offense recently, pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.

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Detective Dennis Derr led the investigation against Alex Da Silva that resulted in his subsequent arrest, charge and conviction for the crime of date rape. Detective Derr was the spokesman for LAPD in the press release requesting victims come forward. Detective Derr was responsible for selecting and interviewing each woman who accused Alex of this crime. He personally spoke at LAPD press conferences requesting other women to come forward. Detective Derr testified against Alex at trial. He orchestrated pre-text calls. His coercive interrogation tactics were even played for the jury at trial. Last week, Detective Derr committed suicide following an investigation by LAPD that he had sexually molested two male family members when they were children. While the loss of any life is a tragedy, it is a greater travesty that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and Los Angeles Police Department would have allowed such a man to lead the case against Alex. Such a person cannot be an impartial investigator. This is an egregious error, abuse of power and gross miscarriage of justice. We demand the courts to reassess the evidence presented against Alex. A just society cannot have real sexual predators locking up the innocent and even other guilty sexual predators. This is corruption at its worst. Detective Derr will never have to pay for his crimes, but who knows how many countless innocent individuals now remain locked up in jail due to his own vendetta of self-hatred? The Los Angeles Times reported on Detective Derr's death on December 5, 2014.

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I went out salsa dancing with him and he asked me first to meet him at his home--he tried to show me all of his salsa videos- I was not interested-he tried to kiss me--I would not, then I got the hell out of there---he was soooooo creepy-----he was much different at his home when we were alone, then when I would dance with him at the salsa clubs----this news does not shock me!!!!

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@ melissa

He did not rape you? Did he? He was pushy but once you set the line as in your case he back down. What were you doing at his hous (alone) in the first place?

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if i had a daughter i'll give her a knife/pistol after hearing this shit.

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if i had a daughter i'll give a knife after hearing this shit.

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let some dudes give him anal as in Pulp Fiction; and shot his balls and weener off with a shotgun before he gets released so he cant rape again.

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Girls, Women: always wear a pocket knife.

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acid bath, or death by electric chair that lasts 24 hours. rape is worse than murder. you sick fark.

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u give dancing a bad name.

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go to electric chair that lasts 10 minutes.

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Alex is a jerk. I have known since 1990 and he always pushy with women. Had no respect for them or their dates or boyfriends. It took over 20 years for him to pay a little price for his actions.