California judge OKs Cummins' move back to Tennessee

Posted April 25, 2017

The judge read Tad Cummins his charges, including transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity across state lines.

The 15-year-old has since undergone rehabilitation, treatment and has spent the last few days getting re-acquainted with loved ones and friends. A 15-year-old Tennessee student who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher and taken to California is back home, a lawyer for the girl's family said Friday, April 21, 2017.

Elizabeth left a strained family dynamic of an ongoing domestic case between Elizabeth and her mother.

Randall Scott said he lived next to the Cummins for a little over a year and spoke to him about his job at the school and the church.

Both were captured Thursday in northern California.

Cummins offered minimal responses as he was advised of his rights and the charges that could send him to prison for 10 years to life.

"She told us she didn't have access to telephone, internet, any electronic devices. You're speechless", Bozeman said.

"He's done this terrible thing, that he has to pay for", she told NBC News.

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Prosecutors requested that Cummins remain in custody and be returned to authorities in Tennessee.

"I can tell you that her mood was kind of escalated. you know sometimes she was emotional, you know it was a very traumatic experience for her", Lopey said. He is awaiting extradition to Tennessee, where he will be charged with sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping.

Under Tennessee law, children 12 and older can choose to leave home unless under "force, threat or fraud".

Police say former teacher may have planned alleged abduction of teenHoorwood went on to say that Cummins was ordered detained as a flight risk and a danger, and was also ordered transported to the Middle District of Tennessee as soon as possible.

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

According to federal prosecutors in California, Cummins told investigators that he had plans to escape to Mexico on the way to Central or South America.

One of Elizabeth's schoolmates reported seeing her and Cummins kiss in his classroom on January 23, according to a school district investigative report, but both denied the claim.