Former teacher and alleged kidnapper, Tad Cummins, is on his way back to Tennessee from California to face charges stemming from the alleged abduction of a teenage girl.
People reports that Cummins’ defense lawyer, Ben Galloway, said that the suspect left on Tuesday evening. He’s being transported by the U.S. Marshals Service, which generally means they are transported via local jails and private facilities to the Oklahoma City transfer station, and from there, transported to their final stop.
“I can confirm that he left at about 7:30 on Tuesday evening. I don’t have details about his travel — that information is generally not disclosed,” said Galloway.
Cummins was in a Sacramento, California, jail since April 20, after he was captured hiding out with his former student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, in a remote cabin in Siskiyou County. He’s returning to Tennesee to face charges of kidnapping, having sexual contact with a minor, and a federal felony charge of “transportation of a minor across state lines for sexual intercourse.”
Galloway couldn’t comment on the type of transportation that’s bringing Cummins back to Tennessee, but he did say the former teacher is not being extradited, but instead, transported “from one federal district to another.”
Generally, the U.S. Marshals transfers prisoners via aircraft on the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS), which has fleet operations in Oklahoma City. The flight schedules are kept secret from the public and inmates being transferred are usually never given an advance of their travel arrangements, In some instance, prisoners are transported via bus or van.
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