The Tennessee kidnapper's sister reveals his reason for abducting a student


Cummins, 50, was arrested and the 15-year-old girl was found last Thursday after Barry told authorities the two were staying in a remote cabin near Cecilville, California, near the OR border.

"You don't know what to say because she's been through something very traumatic", said Bozeman.

A Tennessee high school teacher, charged with taking a student to a California commune to continue a sexual relationship, had his initial appearance in a Sacramento federal courtroom Monday.

A 50-year-old Tennessee teacher, accused of kidnapping his teenage student, is under arrest after more than five weeks on the run. During 38 days on the run, Cummins tried to avoid detection by switching license plates on a 2015 Nissan Rogue he stole from his wife and disabling its GPS system, authorities said.

U.S. District Court Judge Kendall J. Newman ruled Tad E. Cummins is a violent danger to society and a flight risk.

The federal complaint says Cummins and the girl "are involved in a sexual relationship and traveled in interstate commerce to continue their relationship and to engage in unlawful sexual activity".

Galloway said his client was not a unsafe flight risk because the allegations against him do not include threats or coercion and that this is "not an abduction or kidnapping".

"This was not an abduction or kidnapping as has been suggested", he told the Associated Press in an emailed statement. He surrendered without incident and has been cooperative with investigators.

Galloway said his client looks forward to going to Tennessee as soon as possible to fight the charges against him. He sat during the brief hearing clad in an orange jail uniform. If convicted of the federal charge, he faces at least 10 years in prison, acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said.

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Whatley said the family felt compelled to offer a few interviews after the 15-year-old's return, "in recognition that, at this point, the love and concern for the well-being of this child has grown to include millions of people". She was last seen nin...

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

Authorities said the mother physically abused several of her children for about a year, beginning in November 2014.

According to a criminal affidavit filed in support of Cummins' arrest warrant, Tennessee investigators said Cummins - who'd already been suspended by Culleoka Unit School for disobeying orders to steer clear of Elizabeth - stole his wife's vehicle on March 13, falsely told her he was going to Virginia to "clear his head" and asked her to forgive him. The reward money will be presented Friday to Griffin Barry, a former Brentwood, Tenn.

Cummins and Thomas were at a small cabin on the property for about 36 hours when Barry became suspicious.

A United States Attorney has filed a motion to hold Tad Cummins in Middle Tennessee before his trial.

They were found after staying at least a night in a remote cabin 2,500 miles from home near Cecilville, California, near the OR border. He was arrested with her on April 20 in a mountainous, remote area of Siskiyou County, in California, some 68 miles southwest of Yreka.

Now that she has been reunited with her family, we will no longer identify her in our stories. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said that the cabin where the two had stayed was a one-room unit with a foam mattress and camp stove.