Teacher Arrested After Kidnapping His Student

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Teacher Arrested After Month on the Run

Teacher arrested in northern California after being on the run for more than a month. The former Tennessee teacher, Tad Cummins is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas. Thomas has been rescued, according to officials. The pair was located at a commune in Cecilville early this morning. The young girl surrendered without incident. Efforts are still underway to reunite the girl with her family.

Cummins Faces Numerous Charges

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Cummings, 50, faces numerous charges including aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault with a minor. An AMBER Alert had been issued for the young woman and the former teacher had been added to Tennessee’s 10 most wanted list. Cummings allegedly kidnapped the girl on March 13. The following day, after they disappeared, he was fired from his teaching job at Culleoka Unit School. The girl attended the school and had been a student in his forensics class.

It has been reported the Cummins researched teen marriage online. He specifically researched the age of consent. This happened eight days before he took the girl. Three days before they disappeared he did an online search about his car to determine if certain features could be tracked by law enforcement. The alleged kidnapper is married, has children and grandchildren. Cummins wife has filed for divorce after 31 years of marriage.