Tennessee Teacher Accused of Kidnapping Teen Arrested

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says they have located and arrested the Tennessee high school teacher who is accused of kidnapping one of his students.

50-year-old Tad Cummins was arrested Thursday by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, after his vehicle was spotted Wednesday night in the small city south of the California-Oregon state line.

15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas was also found unharmed according to the report.

The bureau has been searching for the pair since March 13th after Thomas parents reported her missing.

Cummins was one of Thomas’ teachers at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County and the TBI believes he “may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her.”

Rep. Sheila Butt, a Republican state lawmaker who represents Columbia, told the Tennessean that she is proud of her community for how well they came together to help find one of their own.

“When something like this happens, a community gets together and feels like this is one of our children,” Butt said.

“I have known Tad Cummins over the years, and I think I could honestly tell you that I’m not surprised that she’s safe. I will let the courts deal with the ramifications of what happened here,” Butt said.

Cummins is wanted under several charges, including aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.

An official press conference is set for 3 p.m. in Nashville.

This is a developing story and will be updated once more details become available.


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