Teacher accused of kidnapping teen in court in Tennessee

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Cummins is now awaiting extradition to Lawrence County, Tennessee, where he faces 12 years imprisonment for aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor if convicted.

Tad Cummins, the Maury County man charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old former student and taking her with him on a cross-country trip, is being held in a Kentucky jail, WSMV-TV reports. He smiled at several relatives who came to watch.

Cummins could face life in prison if found guilty on his federal charges. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

On March 13 Cummins left his wife a note saying he was "traveling to Virginia Beach or the D.C. area to clear his mind", then picked Thomas up from a local restaurant.

Thomas has since been returned to Tennessee and reunited with her family.

Tad Cummins faces sexual assault and kidnapping charges
Tad Cummins faces sexual assault and kidnapping charges

The listing photos show an interior adorned with family heirlooms and photos, including those of Cummins' daughters, and shelves lined with the Bible and other religious books.

His feet tethered by chains, Cummins shuffled into a federal courtroom in Nashville carrying a few pieces of paper. That lawyer was not available for comment and did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

As for Cummins, there's no word yet on how long he'll be housed at the Henderson County jail.

The teen was the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert after Cummins abducted her from Columbia, Tennessee for 39 days.

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