LAS VEGAS -- The kindergarten teacher facing charges of kidnapping and abusing a teenage girl has a past of sexual abuse allegations.
Prosecutors introduced that information to the judge before Melvyn Sprowson's preliminary hearing, which was supposed to start Monday.
According to public records from the Los Angeles Unified School District, a child's legal guardian sued Sprowson in 2008, accusing the teacher of unlawful sexual acts.
The district was also sued for negligent hiring. The district settled with the child's family in 2010 for an undisclosed amount of money.
No criminal charges were ever filed against Sprowson. Instead, he moved to Las Vegas and became a kindergarten teacher at Wengert Elementary School. That is where he was working when he was arrested in November.