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TN ELIZABETH THOMAS: Missing from Columbia, TN - 13 March 2017 - Age 15 *Found Safe*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member


    Tad Cummins entered a plea of guilty to two counts involving the cross-country trip he took with a Maury County a 15-year-old high school student last year. New details came out during a brief hearing in federal court this afternoon.

    “The Government has been ready and eager to try Mr. Cummins on the charges brought by the grand jury,” said U.S. Attorney Don Cochran. “In view of today’s development and Mr. Cummins’ decision to plead guilty, we are pleased that the victim no longer faces the possibility of enduring a lengthy trial. We applaud the efforts of the FBI, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Maury County Sheriff’s Department and the many law enforcement agencies across the country that contributed to the search and ultimate rescue of the victim and the arrest of Mr. Cummins. We now look forward to the sentencing of Mr. Cummins and bringing closure to this case.”

    David Boling, a public information officer for the US Attorney’s office, said prosecutors are pleased that the plea will spare the victim and her family from going to trial. Cummins will be sentenced Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.

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  2. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Middle District of Tennessee

    Tad Cummins Pleads Guilty To Transporting A Minor Across State Lines And Obstruction Of Justice


    Also, per Pacer;
    *My hope is that the victim comes to realize that the best days of her life are yet to be.
  3. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Well said
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  4. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Tad Cummins, former teacher who ran away with student, sentenced to 20 years in prison

    • Posted: Jan 15, 2019 06:29 PM CST
    • Updated: Jan 16, 2019 03:26 PM CST
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Former Maury County teacher Tad Cummins was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday.

    The U.S. Attorney asked the judge to give him 30 years, but Cummins' attorney is asking for 10 years.

    The teacher, who ran away with his student Elizabeth Thomas, was the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert in 2017.

    More: Elizabeth Thomas says teacher Tad Cummins coerced her into running away with him

    Cummins later pleaded guilty to taking a minor across state lines with the intent to have sex.

    The two were on the run for 38 days before they were discovered in a cabin in rural northern California.

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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    That's all? :jail:
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  6. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Per Pacer (Federal Court records)

    Count One (Transporting a minor): i. ii, iii.
    not less than 10 years
    nor more than life imprisonment
    a fine of up to $250,000
    a mandatory $100 special assessment
    and a term of supervised release of not less than 5 years and not more than life in addition to such term of imprisonment.

    Count Two (Obstruction): i. ii. iii. iv.
    not more than 20 years' imprisonment
    a fine of up to $250,000
    a mandatory $100 special assessment
    and a term of supervised release of three years not more addition to such term of imprisonment.

    (TC changed his plea April 5, 2018 to guilty on both charges. Not sure why the sentencing took 9 months to arrange, however 30 years was the highest punishment he could have received.)
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  7. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Teacher who fled with student for sex seeks lesser sentence

    A Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student is appealing his 20-year prison sentence.

    An attorney for Tad Cummins filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday, a week after Cummins was sentenced in federal court in Nashville for transporting a minor across state lines for sex and obstructing justice.
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  8. Tammy

    Tammy Well-Known Member

    I certainly hope that this doesn’t happen...i personally wish he had received more time! Sick ole geezer!!!!
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  9. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    They should be able to increase sentences when appealed.
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  10. Tammy

    Tammy Well-Known Member

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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    “I choose to surround myself with people who pick me up, who cherish me, and who truly love me,” Elizabeth wrote in her statement. “Because of that, I’m able to stand here today, face you, and tell you that you don’t have the power over me that you used to have. You can’t hurt me anymore.”

    Hell yeah. You go girl!
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  13. NOCLUE

    NOCLUE Bronze Member

    thank goodness she has come to the realization that this man is a "devil".....:mad:

    I hope this realization helps her as she heals from his atrocities! :praying:
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  14. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

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    Paradise Media Mod

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