Tad Cummins Now In Federal Custody

Posted at 12:26 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 19:46:21-04

Tad Cummins is being moved to Sacramento by federal authorities, CBS News has confirmed.

Cummins was expected to appear in court on Friday, just one day after he and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas were found at a cabin in a remote part of Siskiyou County, California.

Timeline: The Disappearance, Recovery Of Elizabeth Thomas

The 50-year-old former teacher has been placed into federal custody and will be taken to Sacramento. He’s expected to be arraigned in federal court on Monday. 

While missing, Cummins was charged with kidnapping and a misdemeanor of sexual contact with a minor.

Following his arrest, he was charged with transportation of a minor across state lines to have sexual intercourse - a federal crime.

In the Federal Bureau of Investigation's criminal complaint for the new charge, it states that Cummins bought Cialis and KY jelly before booking a hotel for the two of them. The complaint also goes into detail about the only confirmed sighting of the pair in Oklahoma City, saying a Super 8 employee tipped police off to their location after search the company's registration database.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said Cummins is facing a “set of charges that could keep him behind bars for many years.”  

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