Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins, 50, made major headlines earlier this year after kidnapping 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. The kidnapping resulted in a nationwide Amber Alert. The two disappeared for more than a month and were discovered at the end of April in a cabin located in a small, California town.
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.
According to a local Tennessee news source, Cummins has finally entered a plea. He is currently facing multiple charges including kidnapping and criminal, sexual contact with a minor.
Recent court documents revealed that Cummins pleaded not guilty to all charges. This is very odd considering that he admitted to his wife, who filed for divorce after the two went missing, that he did indeed sleep with the teenager multiple times while they were away. However, the Tennessean reports that pleading ‘not guilty’ in these types of cases is standard, regardless of evidence.
There has been a major controversy considering many people believe Thomas left with Cummins willingly, but authorities are consistently reminding the community that regardless of the fact, she is only fifteen years old and he is a grown man.
Read more about the Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas case here.
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