Tennessee girl safe, teacher arrested near California cabin

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After the capture, one federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines for the goal of having criminal sexual intercourse was filed against Cummins, said Jack Smith, acting USA attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Cummins spent the night in jail before FBI agents whisked him away to Sacramento, where he faces federal charges of crossing state lines with intent to have sexual relations with a minor.

"There aren't words in the English language to describe the level of relief and elation experienced by the Thomas family", said Jason Whatley, the family's attorney.

Cummins has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to have sex.

Barry is originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, but he is now the caretaker of a forested California property, which includes a gas station, Frisbee golf course, and at least two small cabins. During the course of the investigation, the TBI said it received around 1,500 tips in the case. She will undergo a forensic examination and receive any care that she may need, authorities said.

U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said a federal charge has been filed against Cummins.

A 50-year-old former high school teacher has been arrested in Northern California, and the girl he is accused of kidnapping has been found safe.

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That was thanks mostly to a decline in the short-term unemployed, or those out of work and seeking a job for less than five weeks. In the past three months, employers have added an average of 178,000 jobs, roughly the same as last year's solid pace.

A TBI spokeswoman tweeted that news this afternoon following a news conference to announce the rescue of Thomas, 15, and the arrest of her one-time teacher, Tad Cummins, 50.

A complaint from United States Attorneys is seeking harsher penalties for Tad Cummins, the man who's been arrested for kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas.

His wife has since filed for divorce.

The pair's disappearance March 13 came after Cummins was investigated by the school system when another student reported seeing the married teacher kiss the girl at the Culleoka Unit School.

About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Barry called the owner of the cabin and told him he thought the pair were Cummins and Elizabeth.

The pair been in the heavily wooded area 60 miles south of the OR line since at least last week, according to Griffin Barry, the man who says he eventually helped police capture Cummins. The teenager left her home March 13 to go to a nearby restaurant where authorities believe she was taken by Cummins. Cummins was suspended from his job after he was allegedly caught kissing Thomas on school grounds, and he was sacked after he and Thomas went missing.

He was arrested without incident on Thursday morning as he emerged from a small, rustic cabin in the mountains of rural Siskiyou County, California, about 60 miles (100 km) south of the OR border, county Sheriff Jon Lopey told reporters in nearby Yreka.

"When something like this happens, a community gets together and feels like this is one of our children", Butt said.

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