The Tennessee teacher accused of abducting his female student has been arrested, and the student has been safely recovered in Northern California, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced.
On March 13, Tad Cummins, 50, vanished with Elizabeth Thomas, his 15-year-old student at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee.
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The pair was the subject for an ongoing AMBER Alert, and investigators had said they were “off the grid”.
Authorities allege Cummins “groomed” Thomas for months. Cummins was suspended from his job after he was allegedly caught kissing Thomas on school grounds, and he was fired after he and Thomas went missing. The two allegedly exchanged emails officials described as “romantic” in nature.
A warrant has been issued for Cummins’ arrest on charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor — the latter charge stemming from the alleged January kiss. It remains unclear whether Thomas went with Cummins willingly.
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