A dancer/choreographer featured on the FOX show “So You Think You Can Dance” was arrested Saturday on the suspicion of sexually assaulting four of his dance students.
According to Det. John Eum, Alex Da Silva was taken into custody after teaching a class at a Hollywood studio and booked for investigation of sexual assault. The 41-year-old Da Silva is being held on a $3.8 million bail, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.
Da Silva is a well-known salsa dancer who teaches at several dance studios in LA.he has been in 2003, 2004 and 2005 of sexually assaulting three women, but for unknown reasons prosecutors declined to file charges. But Eum said,”On March 28, a fourth woman accused Da Silva of luring her to his home, using a ruse to get her into his bedroom and raping her.”
Detectives had to re-interview the previous accusers. The three women told police of similar accusations of being lured to Da Silva’s bedroom and sexually assaulted by him, and reopened their cases. Eum added, “These four women don’t know each other at all, yet their reports read basically the same. We’re almost sure there are probably other victims out there and we hope they’ll come forward.”