Ten­nessee girl safe, teacher ar­rested

The Daily Courier - - WORLD -

NASHVILLE — A 15-year-old girl from Ten­nessee was res­cued near a cabin in a re­mote part of north­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day, more than a month af­ter her 50-year-old teacher kid­napped her and set off a na­tion­wide man­hunt, au­thor­i­ties said.

Health sciences teacher Tad Cum­mins sur­ren­dered to sher­iff’s deputies with­out in­ci­dent in Ce­cil­ville, Calif., hours af­ter they had set up sur­veil­lance on his ve­hi­cle in the area. The girl was ap­par­ently healthy and un­harmed, and au­thor­i­ties said their main con­cern was her emo­tional and men­tal state.

Cum­mins faces state charges of ag­gra­vated kid­nap­ping and sex­ual con­tact with a mi­nor as well as a fed­eral charge of tak­ing a mi­nor across state lines to have sex. If con­victed of the fed­eral charge, he faces at least 10 years in prison, act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Jack Smith said.

Au­thor­i­ties de­clined to an­swer a ques­tion on whether the girl went will­ingly, say­ing it didn’t mat­ter.

“At the end of the day she’s 15 years old, she’s 15 years old, she’s a young girl that’s with a grown man that’s 50 years old. He needs to be held ac­count­able for kid­nap­ping this girl,” Ten­nessee Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­rec­tor Mark Gwyn said.

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