'So You Think' choreographer Alex Da Silva arrested on rape suspicion
By Steve Rogers and John Bracchitta, 04/06/2009
So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Alex Da Silva was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting four of his former dance students on Saturday.
Da Silva, a 41-year-old who reportedly teaches at several Los Angeles dance studios, was arrested after he finished teaching a dance class at a Hollywood, CA dance studio, The Associated Press reported Sunday.
He is currently being held on $3.8 million bail and scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to The AP.
The charges filed against Da Silva represent the culmination of several previous sexual assault accusations against him. Three different women had previously accused Da Silva of sexually assaulting them in 2003, 2004 and 2005, but prosecutors had ultimately decided against filing charges in each case, The AP reported.
However following similar accusations against Da Silva by a fourth woman on March 28, detectives re-interviewed the previous accusers and unearthed similar details in each of the cases, resulting in a reopening of their cases and the additional charges against DaSilva, according to The AP.
According to his most recent accuser, Da Silva lured her into his home and then raped her after getting her into his bedroom.
"These four women don't know each other at all, yet their reports read basically the same," Detective John Eum told The AP. "We're almost sure there are probably other victims out there and we hope they'll come forward."
One of the accusers was a minor at the time of the alleged assault, according to Eum.