Former Tennessee Teacher Accused of Kidnapping Student Indicted on Two Federal Charges
Cummins was indicted on Thursday
Tad Cummins, the former high school teacher accused of abducting his former student from Tennessee to California, was indicted on Thursday on two federal charges.
Cummins, 50, was indicted on a charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
He was also charged with destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years.
The second charge is related to Cummins’ alleged destruction of two phones to impede the investigation.
An attorney for Cummins did not immediately return a request for comment on the indictment.
According to the Department of Justice, if he is convicted, Cummins could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of life.
The DOJ had no additional comment.
Elizabeth was brought back to Tennessee and has since been reunited with her family.