Teacher charged with kidnapping and child porn sentenced to life in prison


    Melvin Sprowson appears in court Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Faith Jessie/KSNV)

    The ex-teacher found guilty of kidnapping a teen girl and pursuing a relationship with her back in 2013 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.

    Melvyn Sprowson was given five life sentences with the possibility of parole after 12.5 years by Judge Stefany Miley.

    This case stems back to 2013. Prosecutors say Sprowson met a 16-year-old girl through an ad he placed on Craigslist. They say the former kindergarten teacher kept the teen at his apartment for two months, not allowing her to attend school to outside by herself.

    Sprowson was found guilty on March on six counts including, kidnapping, child abuse, and child porn.

    The victim was present with her family at court on Monday. The victim’s mother and grandmother both took to the stand and were very emotional while replaying these memories in their head. Both asked the judge to give Sprowson the maximum punishment.

    Sprowson also spoke out in court. He tried to convince the judge to give him a 15-year sentence. He argued that he still loved the victim and didn’t mean to cause her any harm.

    But the Judge Miley disagreed and sentenced him to life in prison with parole after 5 years.

    Sprowson told the judge that he is going to appeal.










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