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Teacher said he had sex with student on most nights

Teacher said he had sex with student on most nights

A federal judge in Nashville has ordered teacher turned kidnapping suspect Tad Cummins to remain in jail after his case was bound over to a grand jury on Friday.

The pair planned to paddle to Mexico from Coronado Island in San Diego, he said.

The document stated that Cummins abused his position as a teacher, exploited a student's vulnerability, transported the 15-year old girl across state liness for the objective of engaging in sexual acts, and engaged in sexual activities in numerous locations with the minor over a 30-day period. The FBI agent says they presented themselves as John and Joann Castro, a married couple ages 40 and 24 respectively.

Prior to his capture, Tennessee authorities issued a warrant for Cummins' arrest on charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor - the latter charge stemming from an incident in which he allegedly kissed Elizabeth at the Culleoka Unit School, where Cummins was Elizabeth's health sciences teacher. That included, testimony showed, disabling his Global Positioning System on his vehicle, switching out license plates, and Cummins and the girl throwing their cellphones in the Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama, so they wouldn't be tracked. Cummins was arrested and the girl was found safe in a remote area of Northern California last month after police received a tip.

Before he absconded with his 15-year-old student, Tad Cummins penned a note for his wife, claiming he only wanted to "clear my mind of all this crap".

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Before ending up in California, they made stops in Alabama, where they threw their phones into the Tennessee River, federal authorities said.

Friday's hearing was held to address Cummins' request to be released from custody while he awaits trial.

Cummins' sister, Daffney Quinn, attended the hearing, along with his father, cousins and two daughters.

Noble said there was no evidence that Thomas was held against her will.

"I strongly believe that something is wrong with him, because the brother and man I know would never do something like this".

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Cummins and the girl disappeared March 13 as a police investigation into their relationship was heating up.

If convicted on a charge of taking a minor across state lines, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Jill Cummins, the wife of Tad Cummins, 50, appeals for him to return home on March 17, 2017 in Tennessee.

On January 20, a Culleoka Unit School resource officer contacted the local sheriff's department with reports of an indecent relationship between a student and teacher, according to a criminal complaint filed by a Task Force officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He was sacked the day after they disappeared.

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Tennessee law allows children older than 12 to decide whether to leave their families unless their removal or confinement "is accomplished by force, threat or fraud", CNN reported.


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