Tad Cummins asks to be moved to home confinement because of COVID-19 risk

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 19:28:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tad Cummins has requested he be allowed to leave prison due to the spread of COVID-19.

Cummins is serving a 20-year- prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice. Cummins was a teacher at a Maury County school when took off with one of his young students with the intention of having sex with her.

He filed a motion for Compassionate Release July 16, with a letter written to Judge Aleta Trauger saying, "I fall under the category of individuals considered high risk of death from the COVID-19 virus."

In the letter, Cummins continues to outline his health issues, putting him at risk and asks to be released to his daughter's home in Columbia.

He wrapped up his request saying "I believe that my medical issues pose a clear and present danger to my health and my in the event of a COVID-19 and together with my conduct during incarceration constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons to warrant my immediate release or release to serve the balance of my incarceration/sentence in home confinement."

Read the full letter below and the motion here.