Tad Cummins, the science teacher that kidnapped a 15-year-old student and dragged her across state lines, is looking at life in prison if convicted by a judge in his home state of Tennessee.
Cummins is accused of grooming 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas for sex before kidnapping her, which spurted an Amber Alert and a search that the whole country was in on.
Police found the couple after a month, living in a cabin in California with no running heat or water. The teacher was feeding the girl flowers to keep her alive at that point.
He faces a minimum of 10 years, depending on what evidence is presented in the court.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth is in rehab dealing with Stockholm syndrome – she’s refusing to see her family and claims she is in love with the teacher.
The Daily Mail reports:
A federal magistrate judge told Cummins he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could get life. Cummins replied softly, answering that he understood.
Meanwhile, Amber alert teen Thomas is in rehab and refusing to return home to her family – reportedly claiming she’s ‘in love’ with her schoolteacher abductor who kidnapped her for 39 days.
DailyMail.com previously revealed that the brainwashed 15-year-old insists she is a ‘fully grown woman’ who should be entitled to date 50-year-old Tad Cummins.
Elizabeth has even told friends she had the ‘time of her life’ during their five weeks on the run.
The troubled youngster was the subject to a nationwide amber alert after she disappeared from her hometown of Columbia, Tennessee with father-of-two Cummins on March 13.
She was recovered safely on April 20 when police tracked the pair to a remote cabin 2,500 miles away in northern California and arrested the veteran educator without a struggle.
Elizabeth was flown back to Tennessee but she went into a special treatment center for trauma victims rather than return to her family home.
Elizabeth says she’s in love with Tad and that the pair of them haven’t done anything wrong,’ said a source. ‘She thinks she is a fully grown woman who can date who she likes.
‘As far as she’s concerned it was all one big, fun road trip. She says she had the time of her life which is obviously pretty tough for the family to hear.’
Cummins is said to have spent months grooming his young student and was suspended from his teaching job when another girl witnessed him kissing Elizabeth in a classroom.
After leaving a note for his wife Jill, 49, claiming he was ‘traveling to Virginia Beach or the D.C. area to clear his mind,’ he picked up Elizabeth from a local restaurant where she was in such a hurry to climb into his car that she left behind her schoolbag.
The ‘couple’ headed west before hiding out for ten days at a remote hippy commune in Cecilville, California, where they posed as a married couple and were seen ‘making out’ like lovers by a camp fire.