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Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges


Elizabeth Thomas, the 15-year-old Tennessee teen allegedly abducted by her adult teacher, is safe and sound and getting back to a normal life.

He has been charged with transporting a minor across state lines for criminal sexual intercourse, according to Jack Smith, the acting USA attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Tennessee teen Elizabeth Thomas and her former teacher, Tad Cummins, were were found in one of these two cabins pictured in rural Siskiyou County, California, on April 20, 2017. Cummins was being investigated at the time, after a student reported seeing him kiss the girl in a classroom.

Federal Defender Benjamin Galloway was appointed as the Cummins's counsel while in the Eastern District of California.

It added that Cummins admitted to planning an escape to Mexico and procured a "small watercraft" and "conducted a test run to cross into Mexico across the water from San Diego".

A Tennessee high school teacher, charged with taking a student to a California commune to continue a sexual relationship, had his initial appearance in a Sacramento federal courtroom Monday.

The motion, filed by U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hitt, explained that Cummins is a flight risk and his admissions to law enforcement "provide alarming insight into his mentality".

Cummins and his 15-year-old victim disappeared from Middle Tennessee in mid-March setting off a nationwide search, which included an Amber Alert.


"I can tell you that her mood was kind of escalated. you know sometimes she was emotional, you know it was a very traumatic experience for her", Lopey said. During 38 days on the run, Cummins tried to avoid detection by switching license plates on a 2015 Nissan Rogue he stole from his wife and disabling its GPS system, authorities said.

A short time later, investigators say, he drove to the Shoney's restaurant, where Elizabeth had been dropped off by a friend.

She has since been reunited with her family in Tennessee.

Cummins also faces state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.

Since then, the two had been spotted at a Walmart in Oklahoma City - where according to a criminal complaint, Cummins made reservations at Super 8 motels in March.

"He's done this disgusting thing, that he has to pay for", Quinn told NBC News. Galloway said his client was not a unsafe flight risk because the allegations against him do not include threats or coercion and that this is "not an abduction or kidnapping".

The same day his daughter's alleged kidnapper appeared in court for the first time and he also filed for divorce from his wife, Anthony Thomas opened up to News 2 about everything he and his family been through.

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