Las Vegas teen accused of raping and kidnapping schoolmates

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

“This offender is a predator,” prosecutor Kristina Rhoades said of 16 years of age Maysen Melton. The teenager is accused of nearly 2 dozen charges consisting of sexual assault, kidnapping and child porn.

“He raped numerous victims in this case,” Rhoades said. These declared attacks took place when Melton was a student at Shadow Ridge High school. The prosecution said Melton would get women in intimate circumstances, and then journey or require them to the ground and ‘violently rape’ them. But it didn’t stop there, Melton likewise apparently would take nude photos of his victims then blackmail them and threaten to put the images around the school.

“We know at least 2 girls have actually pondered suicide,” Rhoades said of the victims.

Melton no longer goes to Shadow Ridge, in court, it was said he now is a junior at Palo Verde High School. Multiple moms and dads from Palo Verde reached out to us and stated the first time they became aware of Melton was after the principal at Palo Verde, sent an e-mail out.

“Fear. Fear is the first thing I feel. Did my child have anything to do this kid?”, one moms and dad who wants to remain confidential asked.

The e-mail from Principal Sweikert checks out in part: I want to assure you I have received no reports of any such behavior occurring on Palo Verde Campus.

FOX5 called Principal Swikert who validated he sent the e-mail. He would not comment on whether he learnt about the charges Maysen Melton was dealing with when he was moved to Palo Verde however did include he has no control of the district putting trainees in his school. Principal Sweikert likewise included he is incredibly upset about the entire scenario. Palo Verde moms and dads agree.

“They are passing the risk onto other students who don’t know what is going on and this might occur to them,” one parent told FOX5.

Student safety is also a concern for the prosecution who asked that a warrant be provided.

“He is not homeschooled he goes to Palo Verde and I have concerns for the women there,” Rhoades there.

The judge set bail at $200,000 and ordered Melton to have no contact with any of the declared victims. He will be back in court January 25th.

FOX5 connected to the Clark County School District who sent us this statement:

The Clark County School District has actually heard issues from moms and dads and employees about recent media reports concerning a trainee who was jailed on charges of sexual attack, and we are complying with City.

“Nevada Modified Statute requires us to offer an education to all trainees. We make accommodations for trainees with a criminal history to guarantee the security of all trainees and personnel.
“CCSD Police do not investigate sexual attacks. We refer all possible sexual assaults to regional police. Schools can not concurrently carry out investigations into matters being managed by local police since that might hinder or hinder the police investigation.

“The investigation and arrest have been handled by City, and we would refer any more concerns to them relating to the investigation.

“We motivate any extra victims or anyone with information to call Metro at 702-828-3421.”

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