Tad Cummins, the Tennessee high school teacher who allegedly kidnapped his 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas, left a letter for his wife before he fled town with the teenager. In that letter, he had a message: his wife should not call police about his disappearance, People magazine reported.
“I am so sorry! I am on my way to Virginia Beach and maybe D.C. just to think and clear my mind of all this crap,” Cummins, 50, allegedly wrote, referring to an incident at his high school where a student claimed she saw him kissing Thomas.
“I am not running away. I’ll be back,” Cummins said. “Don’t call police they’ll think I ran cause I’m guilty and I’m not!”
“I love you and I’ll call you soon,” he finished. “Please forgive me.”
The letter was admitted into federal court by Tennessee prosecutors last week.
Cummins is facing charges of kidnapping Thomas and subjecting her to sexual abuse, and may also be charged with statutory rape after he told investigators during questioning that he and Thomas had sex most nights they were on the run together, People reported.
Though Thomas appeared to have left with Cummins willingly, prosecutors say that she was “groomed” by Tad to become vulnerable to his sexual advances.
[Images: Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, United States District Court]
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