Former teacher Tad Cummins’ federal court trial set to begin July 25

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Courtroom sketch of Tad Cummins' federal arraignment (Courtesy: Vicki Behringer)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The federal court case trial concerning Tad Cummins, the teacher accused of taking a teenage student from Tennessee to California, has been set to begin on July 25, 2017, in Nashville.

Cummins pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to the incident on May 26, 2017.  He is charged with transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice.


The obstruction charge stems from allegations Cummins threw cell phones into the Tennessee River to impeded detection after he left Columbia, Tenn. with a 15-year-old female former student of his on March 13. He avoided detection, despite a nationwide Amber Alert for the teen, for 39 days before being located in rural Siskiyou County in Northern California.

Cummins had been a teacher at Culleoka Unit School near Columbia, Tenn. He was on suspension during an investigation into reports of inappropriate contact with the student when he allegedly borrowed his wife’s car and left Columbia with the girl.