Ex-teacher charged when stu­dent is found

The Washington Post - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A former Ten­nessee high school teacher ac­cused of ab­duct­ing a 15-year-old stu­dent in March was ar­rested Thurs­day in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where the teenager was also safely re­cov­ered, au­thor­i­ties said.

Tad Cum­mins, 50, who dis­ap­peared in mid-March with El­iz­a­beth Thomas, had been charged with ag­gra­vated kid­nap­ping and hav­ing sex­ual con­tact with a mi­nor.

Po­lice had thought Cum­mins was armed with two hand­guns, but he was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent out­side Ce­cil­ville, about 60 miles south of the Cal­i­for­nia-Ore­gon bor­der, said Kelly Giordano, spokes­woman for the Siskiyou County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice.

Act­ing on a tip from lo­cal res­i­dents, Siskiyou County au­thor­i­ties found Cum­mins’s ve­hi­cle Thurs­day morn­ing and dis­patched a spe­cial re­sponse team that found the pair sev­eral hours later, Giordano said.

Cum­mins will be ar­raigned in Siskiyou County Su­pe­rior Court be­fore be­ing ex­tra­dited to Ten­nessee, she said.

Jack Smith, the act­ing U. S. at­tor­ney for the Mid­dle Dis­trict of Ten­nessee, said his of­fice would add a fed­eral charge against Cum­mins, for trans­porta­tion of a mi­nor across state lines with the pur­pose of hav­ing crim­i­nal sex­ual in­ter­course. The fed­eral charge car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of life in prison.

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