Dance instructor arrested for rapes of students

April 5th, 2009 - 1:21 pm ICT by admin  

Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – Alex DeSilva, a well-known Salsa dancer, instructor, choreographer and TV performer has been arrested for multiple sexual assaults, BNO News confirmed on Saturday.

DeSilva, 41-years-old, was arrested at 3.40 p.m. local time by Van Nuys Sexual Assault Detectives in connection for four sexual assaults that occurred between May 2003 and March 28, 2009, the Los Angeles Police Department announced.

“The four victims in this case were all students of DeSilva at the time of the assaults. The victims alleged that he lured them to his homes in North Hollywood and Van Nuys. He then used a ruse to get them into his bedroom where he raped them,” a statement said.

DeSilva won the World Salsa Dancing Championships in 2002 and 2007 and currently teaches at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and the Mayan Club in downtown Los Angeles. DeSilva also choreographs and performs for the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The Los Angeles Police Department released a booking photo as authorities believe there may be other victims. DeSilva’s bail has been set at $3.8 million dollars.

If you or someone you know was assaulted by DeSilva, call Van Nuys Sexual Assault Detectives at (818) 374-1926. During after-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).

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