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Complaint details CA allegations against accused Vegas teacher

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Melvyn Sprowson made his initial appearance in a Las Vegas court through video feed on Nov. 6, 2013. (FOX5) Melvyn Sprowson made his initial appearance in a Las Vegas court through video feed on Nov. 6, 2013. (FOX5)
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A civil complaint filed in November 2008 in Los Angeles and obtained by FOX5 on Friday details allegations of sexual misconduct by Melvyn Sprowson, a former Las Vegas kindergarten teacher headed to trial.

Sprowson, 45, is accused of kidnapping a runaway teen, as well as directing her to take nude photos on her cell phone.

A Las Vegas judge on Wednesday decided there is enough evidence for Sprowson to go to trial. A trial date has not been set as Sprowson waived his right to a speedy trial.

While building its case against Sprowson, the office of the Clark County district attorney said it uncovered information indicating he had a history of sexual misconduct in California prior to being hired into the Clark County School District.

The criminal complaint obtained Friday was part of a civil lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District by the guardian of a then-child who accused Sprowson of sexual abuse and molestation at Magnolia Elementary School.

The complaint alleged the school district was negligent in hiring, supervising and retaining Sprowson, who was taken into custody following the allegations in Los Angeles.

The complaint alleged that Sprowson abused a female elementary student, who was 9 when it started, for about two years, causing her physical and psychological damage.

The complaint further alleges Sprowson had a "propensity to molest, annoy and sexually assault, batter and abuse elementary school girls."

The Los Angeles Unified School District settled the case for an undisclosed amount.

Sprowson is next set to appear in court in Las Vegas on Jan. 15.

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