UPDATE: Teacher faces federal charge in student case

Tad Cummins (left) and Catherine Elizabeth Thomas (right)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (KCRG) UPDATE (AP): An acting U.S. attorney in Tennessee says the teacher who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to have sex.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith announced the charge for Tad Cummins at a news conference on Thursday, just hours after authorities say the girl was found safe in a very remote area in northern California.

Authorities say they received a tip late Wednesday night that the pair may be in the area of Cecilville, California. Deputies there found Cummins' Nissan Rogue and watched it for several hours before taking him into custody without incident.

Authorities say the girl is apparently healthy and unharmed.


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has announced Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas have been found in northern California.

ABC News reports the pair was found in Siskiyou County in the Shasta Cascade region along the Oregon border.

Cummins, a 50-year-old father and grandfather, is accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Elizabeth Cummins back on March 13.

A warrant was issued for Cummins for sexual contact with a minor.

In their Tweet, the TBI says Cummins has been arrested and Thomas has been "safely recovered".

The TBI is planning a 3 p.m. news conference in Nashville.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.