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Vegas teacher in kidnap case accused of child porn

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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 Las Vegas school teacher accused of kidnapping a teen runaway had four additional counts of unlawful use of a minor in the production of pornography filed against him.

According to a criminal complaint, prosecutors alleged Melvyn Sprowson directed an underage teen girl to pose in various stages of undress. Photos of the teen were then recorded on the girl's cell phone, documents said.

Sprowson was already charged with kidnapping, two counts of child abuse and neglect, contributing to delinquency of a minor and false statements to obstruct a public officer.

The 45-year-old 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.

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.

Prosecutors also claimed Sprowson had sexual contact with the girl after it was found she contracted a sexually-transmitted disease.

Sprowson has been held at Clark County Detention Center. A judge set Sprowson's bail to $530,000.

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