In a statement to PEOPLE, Galloway says Cummins has “no history of violence and no criminal history whatsoever.” Cummins has not entered a plea to his charges in connection with Elizabeth’s disappearance..
Tennessee authorities declined to comment on his statement.
Galloway said Cummins “surrendered without incident and has been cooperative with investigators. He looks forward to returning to Tennessee as soon as possible to answer the charges against him.”
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Cummins and Elizabeth disappeared from Maury County, Tennessee, on March 13 and were the subject of an ongoing AMBER Alert for more than a month.
Prosecutors have accused Cummins of violating “a sacred position of public trust as a school teacher.”
They alleged in court documents that he “planned and executed an audacious scheme to take a juvenile victim across the United States while evading law enforcement for the purposes of engaging in criminal sexual conduct.”
Cummins — who authorities have said also faces multiple charges in California and Tennessee — appeared in federal court in Sacramento, California, on Monday afternoon. He faces one federal count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity across state lines.
He has not entered a plea. He was detained as a flight risk and will be transported to Tennessee “as soon as possible,” a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said.
• Reporting by CHRISTINE PELISEK