Community from which teen went missing could have done more to prevent her disappearance with teacher by acting more quickly to remove him, and--as all schools should--educating students and adults about what constitutes sexual assault, writes Peggy Drexler.
The exact path that Tad Cummins and his student took from Tennessee to California isn't clear, but the teacher's next trip is: At some point, he'll be extradited to the Volunteer State to face charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, among other counts.
Tad Cummins was an intensely sought fugitive, trumpeted from coast to coast as the Tennessee teacher accused of running off with his 15-year-old student. But before his capture this week, he slipped into a remote Northern California community unrecognized and passed himself off for days as a down-on-his luck Colorado man who'd just lost his job and home, the man who eventually tipped police says.
Tad Cummins is under arrest and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas has been safely recovered in Northern California, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says.
Tad Cummins -- the school teacher apprehended in the abduction of a 15-year-old student -- allegedly borrowed his wife's car under the guise of going to a job interview before fleeing. It's just one of the surprising revelations from the federal criminal complaint against Cummins in the sensational case.
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