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.
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]