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I-Team: Teacher in Kidnapping Case Once Accused of Sex Abuse

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LAS VEGAS -- The kindergarten teacher facing charges of kidnapping and abusing a teenage girl has a past of sexual abuse allegations.

Prosecutors introduced that information to the judge before Melvyn Sprowson's preliminary hearing, which was supposed to start Monday.

According to public records from the Los Angeles Unified School District, a child's legal guardian sued Sprowson in 2008, accusing the teacher of unlawful sexual acts.

The district was also sued for negligent hiring. The district settled with the child's family in 2010 for an undisclosed amount of money.

No criminal charges were ever filed against Sprowson. Instead, he moved to Las Vegas and became a kindergarten teacher at Wengert Elementary School. That is where he was working when he was arrested in November.

A Clark County School District spokesperson told 8 News NOW that Sprowson passed his state and district background check. However, a simple search on Google revealed the allegations against Sprowson.

The judge increased his bail to $650,000 based on the information.

According to Metro Police, a missing 16-year-old girl was found living at Sprowson's apartment last month.

The police report states Sprowson and the girl were communicating on social media before she began living at his apartment.

Sprowson's attorney had no comment about the discovery of the Los Angeles sex abuse settlement.

 

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