Salsa dance instructor Alex Da Silva lured at least four women into the bedrooms of his home, where he allegedly raped them, by using ruses such as telling them he wanted to show them new clothes or needed help fixing his computer, police said Monday.
Da Silva, a salsa dance instructor and choreographer for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of sexually assaulting the women over the last six years.
Authorities said the women were students of Da Silva's at the time of the alleged assaults. He was arrested while teaching a class Saturday at the EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, said Det. John Eum of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Eum said three incidents occurred in North Hollywood and the most recent one in Van Nuys. Da Silva, 41, is being held in lieu of $3.8-million bail and is considered a flight risk because of his strong connections to Latin America, Eum said.