Alex Da Silva


Now this is what we call facing the music.

Alex Da Silva, former choreographer of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, was handed a 10-year prison sentence today for raping a female student and assaulting another and was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Last September, a Los Angeles jury convicted Da Silva, 43, of the forcible rape of a 22-year-old woman in August 2002 and assaulting a 25-year-old protégé with the intent to rape in March 2009—part of a series of shocking charges alleging the salsa expert sexually assaulted four different women during private lessons over a six-year period between 2003 and 2009.

However, the panel deadlocked on four other counts, including an additional charge from the March 2009 attack and the alleged rapes of two other women in 2004 and 2005.

Had he been found guilty of those other charges, the Latin dance instructor could've been jailed for life.

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While meting out his punishment, L.A. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy formally dismissed those counts today. She also chastized Da Silva in court, saying he "does not respect women" and "believes he is entitled to do whatever he wants when he wants."

The Brazilian native was originally arrested in August 2009, following a police probe into criminal complaints that alleged he lured four female victims to private one-on-one lessons he conducted in his North Hollywood home and then raped them.

—Additional reporting by Baker Machado

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