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Tennessee Teacher Accused Of Kidnapping His Student Has Been Indicted

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Tad Cummins has been indicted.

Tad Cummins has been indicted.

The former high school teacher is accused of kidnapping his former student, Elizabeth Thomas, and taking her across state lines from Tennessee to California.

Related: Elizabeth Was Reportedly Abused By Her Mother

You may recall there was a nationwide manhunt to find him and get Elizabeth, then 15 years old, home safe.

People reports the 50-year-old was indicted on charges of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities, and also charged with destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation for destroying two phones that would have helped in the investigation.

Cummins' attorney has argued that the former teacher did not coerce, force, or threaten Elizabeth, but her family disputes that assertion. If convicted, Cummins could face a minimum of 10 years or a maximum of life in prison.

Cummins and Thomas were found on April 19 in a remote cabin in Northern California. They had been missing for 38 days.

We're just glad Elizabeth is safe now.

[Image via Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]

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Tennessee Teen Abducted By Teacher Was Reportedly Abused By Her Mother

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Life has not been easy for Elizabeth Thomas.

As you may recall, the Tennessee teen made headlines after being abducted by her teacher, Tad Cummins, back in March. While Miz Thomas has since been found and returned home to her family, it appears as though the 15-year-old had a rough upbringing before all of this drama.

Related: Chris Soules Checked The Victim's Pulse Before Fleeing Crash Scene!

On Wednesday, we learned that Elizabeth's mother was indicted on child abuse charges back in January 2016. Court officials have since confirmed to People that Kimberly Thomas is slated to appear in a Tennessee courthouse on May 12, in order to review her upcoming criminal trial. It's said Kimberly was indicted on four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and neglect, on top of one felony count of abuse on a child under the age of eight.

Thomas is accused of abusing five of her 10 children, including Elizabeth. Reportedly, the 48-year-old once hit the teen's head against

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Kidnapped Teen's Family Members Speak Out After Teacher Tad Cummins Claims Their Daughter 'Wanted To Run Away'

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The manhunt is over. Kidnapped teen Elizabeth Thomas is home safe, and her teacher Tad Cummins is in police custody.

But in the aftermath of the nationwide search, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Related: Investigators Find 'Romantic' Emails Between Teacher & Kidnapped Student

In case you missed it, Cummins' sister, Daphne Quinn, was on The Today Show Monday to talk about what her troubled brother and his family were going through. And she said:

"I asked him, 'Why would you do this?' And the answer she gave was she wanted to run away, and she wanted to leave. And he didn't want her to go alone. So he went with her so that he could know she was safe."

You can see that whole interview (below):

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Scandalized Teacher Tad Cummins Arrested For Kidnapping As Teen Victim Elizabeth Thomas Is Safely Recovered

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What a relief.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that the former teacher, named Tad Cummins, accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas has been arrested. Thankfully, the Tennessee teen has been safely recovered as well.

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According to Siskiyou County Sheriff's Offices rep Kelly Giordano, Tad's car was located in Northern California on Wednesday evening. Apparently, the authorities were alerted of his whereabouts after the scandalized teacher was seen asking around for work in the local area.

In case you forgot, the hunt for 15-year-old Elizabeth first started back on March 13 when her parents reported her as missing. It wasn't long before the 50-year-old educator was fingered as the prime suspect in her disappearance. A warrant was issued for Cummins' arrest after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into the matter and suggested the teacher may've been grooming the young schoolgirl "in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her."

We're sure Elizabeth's loved ones are happy she's finally been found!

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Investigators Find 'Romantic' Emails Between Teacher & Kidnapped Student

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Police across the country are currently searching for Elizabeth Thomas (above, insert) and her former teacher Tad Cummins (above) — who authorities believe kidnapped the Tennessee teen earlier this month.

As the hunt continues for the 50-year-old man and the 15-year-old girl, investigators have found new evidence shedding light on their relationship — emails that show the pair's "romantic interest in each other."

Video: Woman Escapes Captor By Jumping From Trunk Of Her Own Car!

According to local reports, Thomas and Cummins corresponded via email without sending any messages to one another — instead, they would both save messages in the drafts folder of the educator's school email account.

Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper explained to WAAY:

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