Thursday, May 18, 2017, 10:49 PM
A Tennessee teacher has been indicted on two federal charges for allegedly abducting a teenage student and taking her cross-country.
Tad Cummins, 50, was indicted for the transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation. The first charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison while the second is 20 years, according to CNN.
The second charge — in altering a federal investigation — relates to Cummins’ alleged destruction of two cell phones.
Each count is punishable by a fine amounting to $250,000, according to CNN.
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Cummins was allegedly acting as husband to the victim, 15, in a remote cabin in northern California.
The pair went missing on March 13, from Columbia, Tenn., which sparked a wide-scale search.
In February, Cummins was suspended from a Tennessee high school for reportedly kissing a teenage girl in a classroom, according to authorities.
They were discovered in California on April 20.
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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in April that Cummins also faces charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, according to CNN.
He pleaded not guilty to the state charges.