A new look into the perspective of a teenage victim who was groomed and kidnapped by her teacher. On Friday, Sept. When Thomas was only 15 years old, she was attending high school in Culleoka, Tennessee. Her health sciences teacher was year-old Tad Cummins.
Tennessee teen kidnapped by teacher Tad Cummins speaks out at sentencing on being 'used'
Ex-teacher who allegedly fled Tennessee with teen girl wants to change plea to guilty - ABC News
The former teacher who allegedly fled Tennessee with a teenage girl last year wants to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. The motion to change Tad Cummins ' plea was filed in federal court in Nashville on Thursday. He is charged with transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice. On March 13, , Cummins, then 50 and a married father and grandfather, went missing with Elizabeth Thomas, then 15 and a student at his school. An Amber Alert was issued and police across the country searched for more than a month before finding them on April 20 thousands of miles away in a remote cabin in northern California. The teen was "healthy and unharmed," authorities said, and Cummins was taken into custody. Cummins decided to do the right thing by pleading guilty.
Man Who Cracked Missing Student and Teacher Case Says Teen 'Looked Depressed'
Elizabeth Thomas, whose disappearance alongside teacher Tad Cummins last year prompted a massive search, told the interviewer Cummins paid her inappropriate compliments before cornering her in the classroom on the day he first kissed her. Thomas, who was 15 at the time, said she had been homeschooled and had never had a boyfriend, and avoided telling anyone about the incident. He was suspended Feb. The case received national attention, and credible sightings flooded in, with people spotting the pair in Oklahoma, where Thomas said they threw away their cell phones to avoid detection.
The man who led authorities to the year-old missing student who vanished with her teacher is describing the tense moments that led to the disgraced educator's arrest and the teen's safe return. Barry said he first met Cummins at a gas station a week prior when the fugitive teacher asked for directions and needed gas. Barry added that Cummins gave him a story that they lost their home in a house fire and needed money.