Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges


The former Tennessee teacher who authorities say kidnapped his 15-year-old student then allegedly spent over a month on the run with her had planned to flee to Mexico, federal prosecutors said.

"He then planned to seek passage to countries further south of Mexico", Assistant U.S. Atty.

According to federal prosecutors, he also admitted plans to cross the border of the United States into Mexico.

The motion, filed with the US District Court Eastern District of California, seeks an order that Cummins can not overcome the statutory presumption that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

"It is believed based on the investigation to date. that Cummins, age 50, and VICTIM, age 15, are involved in sexual relationship and traveled in interstate commerce to continue their relationship and to engage in unlawful sexual activity", according to the affidavit.

The 50-year-old is also facing the federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines for criminal sexual intercourse. Cummins faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted. Cummins and his former student were found in a cabin northwest of Redding on Thursday after nearly six weeks on the run.

Siskiyou County authorities held Cummins on a fugitive arrest warrant for aggravated kidnapping issued out of Maury County, Tenn.

In this April 20, 2017 photo released by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is Tad Cummins.

Barry, who is now a caretaker of a forested California property, is from Brentwood. "The family is extremely grateful for the thoughts and prayers of the nation and asks sincerely for those continued prayers as Elizabeth becomes able to process the last 39 days".

Anthony says that Cummins "tricked a lot of students".

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Thomas has been reunited with her family.

The pair's disappearance generated more than 1,500 tips, a sighting in Oklahoma City and Amber alerts in Tennessee and Alabama.

Cummins spoke only briefly in court to confirm his identity, and agreed to be returned to Tennessee to face trial there.

Cummins and Thomas were found near a cabin a short distance away, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The couple has reportedly been separated since November 2015.

He paid for essentials - including chocolate for the teenager - with cash and only took back roads to avoid roadside surveillance, the documents say.

Daphne Quinn told NBC News in an exclusive interview, to be aired Monday morning on TODAY, that she wants everyone to know her brother is not a monster.

"This child loves food and she loves coffee", Bozeman said, adding that her sister is happy to "eat real food".

Quinn did not say whether she believes her brother or not, but added: 'He's done this terrible thing, that he has to pay for.

This article was originally published at 9:35 a.m.