Tennessee teacher indicted in kidnapping case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Tad Cummins on Thursday.

The 50-year-old former Maury County teacher was indicted for transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice.

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Cummins was initially charged on April 20, 2017 after he was found in Cecilville, California, with his 15-year-old former student. The two had been the subject of a nationwide search for 38 days after they disappeared from Columbia.

If convicted, Cummins faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, up to life.

He also faces charges in Tennessee of kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor after he allegedly kissed Thomas while at school.