Tad Cummins Planned To Take Teen Elizabeth Thomas To Mexico

Tad Cummins, 50, is charged with taking a minor across state lines for sex. Elizabeth Thomas' parents think she's been brainwashed.

By Jaime Lutz

Tad Cummins, the Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping the 15-year-old student he had begun a physical relationship with, planned to take the girl to Mexico, court documents filed yesterday said.

Cummins, 50, is charged with taking a minor across state lines for sex. His victim, Elizabeth Thomas, is currently being treated by a team of therapists after she was discovered by police on Thursday.

Cummins was able to evade investigators for nearly six weeks by switching vehicle license plates twice, disabling his car’s GPS system, altering his appearance, paying only in cash, and driving down back road, the court documents said. Police found two guns in his car when they tracked him down.

A defense attorney for Cummins, Ben Galloway, said that Thomas was not abducted, but willingly travelled with Cummins.

"These allegations do not involve force, threats or coercion," Galloway said.

"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. He looks forward to returning to Tennessee as soon as possible to answer the charges against him."

Thomas’s father Anthony told “Good Morning America” on Friday that he thinks Elizabeth was “brainwashed” by Cummins.”

 “She didn’t act like a rescued person would act,” her father said, according to The Washington Post.

[Image: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]

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