In a new interview, Tad Cummins' wife, Jill, said he told her he slept with his 15-year-old alleged victim.
In an exclusive interview with Inside Edition, Jill Cummins said she's spoken with her husband by phone since he was arrested in California last week.
"He told me he was sorry. He told me he loved me and to please forgive him,” she said.
Jill Cummins has filed for divorce. She said he continues to call her from jail, but she will not pick up the phone.
This now is the first we've heard about Tad Cummins' mindset since his arrest.
The revelation could build the criminal case against him, and it may mean that a new statutory rape charge could be added to his accused offenses.
However, all prison phone calls are recorded so prosecutors will have any statement he made to his wife.
NewsChannel 5 has decided to no longer use the images or name of the Maury County teenager once at the center of a nationwide search. We used her picture and name while authorities were searching for her. She is now at home and safe. However, she is the alleged victim of a sexual assault. For that reason we will no longer use her name and picture out of respect for her and her family.