LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bail has been lowered for a former Las Vegas kindergarten teacher accused of kidnapping and child pornography stemming from a relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

Clark County District Judge Stefany Miley on Monday reduced bail to $150,000 from $650,000 for 45-year-old Melvyn Sprowson.

Sprowson’s lawyer, John Momot, argued that the girl also was responsible for the affair. He called her a “troubled girl” who has had relationships with other older men that resulted in criminal cases.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth opposed the bail reduction and noted that Sprowson had child pornography on his cellphone.

Sprowson faces six counts, including kidnapping, child endangerment and unlawful use of a minor in the production of pornography.

He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial in June.

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