Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges

Teacher to return to Tennessee to face charges

Cummins was arrested on a state warrant for aggravated kidnapping and he faces a federal charge of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The 15-year-old has since undergone rehabilitation, treatment and has spent the last few days getting re-acquainted with loved ones and friends. She said Elizabeth is in a mental health facility where she is being treated.

"Sometimes she'll be happy and laughing and back to the same old girl and then she'll be sometimes just in the fetal position crying", Anthony Thomas said. They say he left Tennessee at a time when he knew he was the subject fo an investigation about engaging in improper sexual behavior with a juvenile victim because he had been interviewed multiple times by officials about his involvement with the victim. The duo was found on April 20; the teen was "healthy and unharmed", authorities said, and Cummins was taken into custody.

The Tennessee teacher was arrested Thursday and the teen was recovered in Northern California after a nationwide search.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Sacramento, California, on Monday.

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.

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Griffin Barry said the pair told him their names were John and Joanna and that they needed money for food, gas and a place to stay, ABC News Good Morning America reported Friday (http://abcn.ws/2pKHq16). Quinn said. "What were you thinking?"

The motion filed Monday also requests that Cummins be returned to Tennessee.

A former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping his teenage student wanted to flee to Mexico with the girl, federal prosecutors said Monday.

When he was captured, Cummins, 50, told deputies, "I'm glad this is over".

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

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.

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