Former Tennessee teacher 51-year-old Tad Cummins made major headlines earlier this year after allegedly abducting underaged teen Elizabeth Thomas. Their disappearance resulted in a nationwide Amber Alert. The two were missing for over a month and were later discovered in a cabin located in a small, California town thanks to a tipster calling in a sighting.
After the two were found, Thomas was shortly reunited with her family and Cummins was immediately placed in custody. He was later transferred to a Kentucky jail, where he has been held since May 8th.
Following the incident, Cummins is facing multiple charges including kidnapping and criminal, sexual contact with a minor. He reportedly pled ‘not guilty’ to all charges, even after admitting to his wife that he slept with the teenager multiple times, and was set to be tried on July 25th, 2017.
However, according to the Christian Post, Cummins’ attorneys requested the trial date be postponed in order to “allow time for more research.” The trial will now take place on January 2nd of next year, 2018.
Recently, the Thomas family commented on their preparation for the upcoming trial. People Magazine reported that Elizabeth’s father Anthony Thomas stated, “It’s a highly emotional issue. [Going to court] is going to be very difficult for everybody...We are doing fine. It’s just a process you have to go through.”
People also reported a statement from the Thomas family lawyer. He called the accusations of Elizabeth going with him willingly “absurd” and continued, “This is classic grooming and manipulation. And I predict this case will be studied years in the future about how authority figures like Tad Cummins can mess up young children who believe their lies and are manipulated into doing things they would never do.”
After the announcement of Tad Cummins' trial being postponed, the Cummins family or the Thomas family has not yet responded as of July 19th, 2017. If either family comments on the matter, this article will be updated accordingly. Please continue to keep the families affected by this situation in your prayers. Thank you!