Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

  • Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

Tennessee teacher planned to take 15-year-old girl to Mexico

Authorities credit the caretaker of a remote northern California property for helping police find the girl Thursday and arrest her alleged abductor, fired teacher Tad Cummins.

"These allegations do not involve force, threats or cohesion" Galloway said.

"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. Quinn said. "What were you thinking?"

"And the answer he gave me was that [Elizabeth] wanted to run away and she wanted to leave, and he didn't want her to go alone, so he went with her so that he could know that she was safe", Quinn said. Cummins faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

Cummins will be transported to the Middle District of Tennessee as soon as possible, which could take a couple of weeks. "You don't know what to say, because she's been through something very traumatic".

Bozeman was reunited with her sister on Friday. The girl is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma, lawyer Jason Whatley said in a press release. She said she spends a lot of time with a therapist and visitation with family and friends is limited.

"She told us she didn't have access to telephone, Internet, any electronic devices".

Cummins acknowledged in federal court that he is the suspect in the case and agreed to return to Tennessee to face charges there.

Quinn says she spoke to Cummins three times over the weekend.

Cummins and Thomas were last seen in Tennessee on March 13 and remained out of sight until last week when they were spotted in Cecilville, Calif., about 50 miles south of the OR border. Cummins, too, was gone, after borrowing his wife's Nissan Rogue and having recently filled prescriptions for erectile disfunction medicine and securing a $4,500 loan.

Detectives spoke to the girl Cummins reportedly kissed on January 31, and she told them she had a "verbal exchange" with another teacher at the school before she went to Cummins' classroom, the complaint said.

Super 8 motel records showed that Cummins stayed for awhile in Oklahoma City and Guymon, Okla., the complaint said.

They were discovered on Thursday in a remote cabin in Northern California near the OR border.