Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

Tad Cummins appears in federal court for arraignment	 	 	 			Courtroom sketch of Tad Cummins' federal arraignment

Tad Cummins appears in federal court for arraignment Courtroom sketch of Tad Cummins' federal arraignment

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.

Tad Cummins was charged with kidnapping 15-year old Elizabeth Thomas. Thomas has since been returned home to her family.

The Associated Press is not naming the girl or her family members because she is an alleged victim of a sex crime. The two have reportedly been separated since November 9, 2015, when the divorce papers indicate Kimberly Thomas was ordered to have no contact with the children due to her allegedly committing several acts of physical abuse against them. The duo was found on April 20; the teen was "healthy and unharmed", authorities said, and Cummins was taken into custody.

Speaking to reporters in California Friday, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said Cummins was cooperative in the arrest and that Thomas' emotions indicated they had a "relationship".

The charge carries a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison.

Tad Cummins was charged with kidnapping 15-year old Elizabeth Thomas. Quinn said. "What were you thinking?" There was not availability to food all the time, is the understanding. "It's very hurtful. I'm sure as it goes along we will find out more and more things that had been done to her and it's very heartbreaking", said Anthony Thomas, the girl's father.

The US Attorney's Office is requesting that Cummins remain detained pending trial in the Middle District of Tennessee.

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But her sister is "very happy" and pleased to eat food, drink coffee and shower.

He also faces state charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said last month.

"I pretty much just was like, 'Hey, remember when...' or, 'Hey, remember when...' And it's a amusing joke I told her", Danielle said.

According to federal prosecutors in California, Cummins told investigators that he had plans to escape to Mexico on the way to Central or South America.

The incident began March 13, when Thomas, went missing in Culleoka, Tennessee.

Surveillance footage captured the pair at a Walmart in Oklahoma. The cabin they were staying in is tucked away next to a river in a remote part of the county. Cummins reportedly told the tipster who called police that the girl was his 22-year-old wife.

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