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Hearing postponed for Vegas teacher accused of kidnapping

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Melvyn Sprowson made his initial appearance in court through video feed on Nov. 6, 2013. (FOX5) Melvyn Sprowson made his initial appearance in court through video feed on Nov. 6, 2013. (FOX5)
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A preliminary hearing for a 44-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping a runaway teen girl was postponed until next month.

Melvyn Sprowson was arrested on Nov. 1 after an investigation into a missing persons case pointed to the Wengert Elementary School teacher, according to Clark County School District police.

In court Thursday, a judge postponed the proceedings until Dec. 9.

An arrest report for Sprowson states the teen met him online. Police were able to connect Sprowson through emails and Craigslist information, documents said.

Police interviewed Sprowson at Wengert Elementary on Oct. 1. While Sprowson admitted to knowing the 16-year-old via text messages, Craigslist and phone calls, he claimed he had never met her in person. He also claimed to have wired her $150 one time.

The teen told police she ran away from home because she didn't like her mother's attitude, eventually looking for a roommate on Craigslist. She told police she came across an advertisement posted by Sprowson.

The teen further said the two developed a dating relationship and shared a bed. The teen was not attending school while living with Sprowson.

On Nov. 6, a judge set Sprowson's bail for $530,000.

Sprowson has been held at Clark County Detention Center on charges of kidnapping, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a child and obstruction of justice.

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