Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges

He is facing many years of jail time, having been charged after his arrest with the federal crime of transporting a minor across state lines to have sexual intercourse. The charge carries a minimum of prison term of 10 years and a maximum of life. Cummins is 50 years old.

The family attorney of the 15-year-old girl will present the money to Griffin Barry in Columbia, Tenn. "He needs to be held accountable for kidnapping this girl", Gwyn said.

Thomas was rescued last Thursday at a cabin in northern California and Cummins was arrested. The remote, mountainous area has limited cellphone service and the terrain is hard to traverse.

Whatley said the family now wishes to step back in privacy, saying it is time to focus on the teen and her recovery, "which could easily take an extended period of time... at this time they must ask for privacy as they navigate these very important next few weeks and even months".


Seven weeks before he and the girl left Tennessee to spark what became a nationwide manhunt, Cummins was observed on January 23 by another student at the Culleoka Unit School kissing the 15-year-old alleged victim, according to the complaint sworn out by Columbia, Tenn. police detective Jonathan R. Hardison.

She went missing on March 13 after her teacher Tad Cummins allegedly kidnapped her.

The documents claim that Mrs. Thomas abused her other children as well: She is accused of knocking one daughter unconscious with a wooden board, hitting her children so hard that they bled, and throwing a chair at a daughter. "Obviously, we are really trying not to press her, because it's really traumatic for her to remember all of these things", she said.

Reacting to that news, Mr Thomas said: 'If that's his idea of guidance, then he's a very poor excuse for a teacher and authority figure, a father. The alleged victim told authorities that Cummins "must have been consoling her" when the student who said she witnessed the kiss walked in on them, according to the complaint. He had taken out a $4,500 loan the previous week, his wife told investigators.


The pair went missing in March from Tennessee and were not seen for six weeks - except for when they were captured on surveillance video at a Walmart in Oklahoma City. She has returned home. The teacher was subsequently suspended from the school after he ignored the order that prohibits Elizabeth from entering the classroom where he teaches. The images showed Cummins had altered his hair to appear darker and the girl's hair may have changed to red.

The father also filed for divorce Monday after 30 years of marriage.

"It had been 40 days until anyone had seen her", Bozeman said.



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