Cummins pleads not guilty to federal kidnapping charges


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the alleged kidnapping of a teenage student.

Cummins has been charged with knowingly transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity. If convicted, Cummins faces a minimum of 10 years in prison with a maximum life sentence.

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Cummins remains in federal custody at a Kentucky jail after being deemed a flight risk by a California judge. The former teacher left Columbia, Tennessee on March 13, and is accused of taking the 15-year-old across the country. Cummins was captured in a rural part of northern California and the victim was found safely.

Cummins is set to be arraigned on Thursday at 1 p.m.

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