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Nevada teacher in kidnapping once worked for LAUSD

LA School Report | December 12, 2013

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Melvyn Perry Sprowson Photo: Las Vegas Sun

Melvyn Perry Sprowson
Photo: Las Vegas Sun

Via LA Times | By Stephen Ceasar

A former Nevada teacher charged with kidnapping a 16-year-old girl was previously an instructor in the Los Angeles Unified School District — which had moved to fire him and sought to have his teaching credentials revoked after allegations of sexual misconduct with students surfaced.

Melvyn Sprowson, 45, appeared in a Las Vegas court this week on charges of kidnapping, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and obstruction after authorities found a missing teenager living at his home. He is being held in lieu of $650,000 bail.

Authorities allege that Sprowson, who had developed a relationship with the girl online and through text messages, took her from her parents’ house without their consent. He and the teenager allegedly lived together for two months, authorities said.

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