Tad Cummins, a former teacher, said his wife and the police “forced” admits he had a sexual relationship with a teenage student, he ran away with earlier this year.
(Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office/AP)
A former Tennessee teacher claimed the police and his wife “forced” him inot admit, he had a sexual relationship with a teen student he ran away with earlier this year.
Brent Horst, a lawyer for Tad Cummins, 50, said in the court papers, a federal judge released this month, that the statements of the former educator made after his arrest should not be used in court.
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Horst said enforcement of the law, illegally schemed with Cummins’ estranged wife to pressure him to confess that he had sex with his former student, Elizabeth Thomas.
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“The psychological pressure and coercion exerted on the defendant by his wife, by an admonition to him to confess would have uncovered rate less weight on the defendant — even the next day he spoke to the well-known travel agencies — if he had known that his wife was actually a registered informant and that they are not acting solely in his own interest or the interest of the marriage,” the motion stated, according to the People.
Horst said authorities proposed the Cummins could be charged with rape if he did not confess to consensual sex with the girl. Cummins was eventually charged with taking a minor across borders for the sex, and obstruction of justice after allegedly admitting that they had sex during most of their 38 days on the run.
Cummins, 50, and Thomas, 15, disappeared on March 13, sparking a cross-country manhunt. Cummins was Thomas’ teacher at Culleoka Unit School. The two were spotted in mid-April in a remote province in the north of California, after a tip to the police.
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Cummins was suspended without pay from the school after he was caught on the pillow of Thomas in January. He was not dismissed from his post until March, a day before the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has an Amber Alert for the missing teenager. While the researchers searched for the teen, they discovered e-mails between the student and the Cummins with the two had what the researchers labeled “romantic interest in each other,” said the police.
Cummins’ wife, Jill, told In the Edition earlier this year that her husband admitted to having sex with the teen student. She filed for divorce from her husband two weeks after he was found, People reported.
People reported Thomas went back to her home town of Columbia and was homeschooled.
Cummins was ordered to be held until his trial. He has submitted paperwork in which he pleaded not guilty.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.