Cummings arrested after cross-country chase
50-year old teacher, Tad Cummings is accused of kidnapping former student, 15-year old Elizabeth Thomas in Tennessee. Cummings and Thomas reportedly had a personal relationship, as they were seen by another student, kissing at the school. Some have speculated that Thomas went willingly, however comments she made to family and coworkers, suggest otherwise. This illustrates why it can be dangerous for students to get involved with teachers on a personal level. If a relationship is “meant to be” it can wait until the minor is an adult, and no longer a student.
Police tracked Cummings’ vehicle to northern California. They verified the VIN to confirm that it was, in fact, Cummings’ vehicle. According to resources at ABC News, authorities arrested Cummings on April 20. This is more than a month after the kidnapping took place. Before arresting him, police surrounded his cabin and maintained overnight surveillance.
“I’m glad this is over.” Said Cummings after being arrested.
Thomas’ family was anxious to have her back. Their biggest concern is for her health, both mental and physical.
“She has lost some weight for sure,” said her father, Anthony Thomas. “He had not been feeding her….She said they had been eating flowers and things,” added Thomas.
Cummings faces multiple charges from various agencies. In California, they include kidnapping and other charges. In Tennessee, he is charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. The U.S. State Attorney’s Office has filed federal charges against Cummings, for transporting a minor across state lines with the intent of having criminal sexual intercourse. The mandatory minimum sentence for the federal charges is ten years in prison.