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Disgraced former teacher faces kidnapping victim in court

Elizabeth Thomas saw her former teacher Tad Cummins for the first time in court since he abducted her and sparked a 28-day nationwide search.
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Disgraced former teacher faces kidnapping victim in court
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Kidnapping victim faces teacher who ran away with her

Elizabeth Thomas was in the courtroom as her former teacher, Tad Cummings, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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Kidnapping victim faces teacher who ran away with her
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Tennessee teacher who fled with student gets 20 years

A Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student has been sentenced to 20 years in prison
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Teen taken by high school teacher on how their relationship began: Part 1

Elizabeth Thomas said teacher Tad Cummins was an encouraging adult role model to her, showering her with attention.
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Teen taken by high school teacher on how their relationship began: Part 1
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Teacher suspended after being reported for kissing a student in classroom: Part 2

Elizabeth Thomas says she was teased by students and teachers after Tad Cummins was suspended from her school.
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Teacher suspended after being reported for kissing a student in classroom: Part 2
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Teen says teacher threatened her to get her to go on the run with him: Part 3

"Sometimes he'd be threatening to kill himself or ending someone else's life if I didn't go," Elizabeth Thomas said about Tad Cummins.
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Teen says teacher threatened her to get her to go on the run with him: Part 3
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Life on the run: Teen on what happened when she left town with teacher: Part 4

Elizabeth Thomas said she was losing hope of ever seeing her family again and saw the news of the nationwide Amber Alert for her.
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Life on the run: Teen on what happened when she left town with teacher: Part 4
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Man tips off police about missing teen, teacher on the run: Part 5

Thirty-eight days after Elizabeth Thomas left her home in Tennessee with Tad Cummins, she was finally rescued by police.
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Man tips off police about missing teen, teacher on the run: Part 5
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Tennessee teen taken by teacher says adults failed to protect her: Part 6

"Why didn't they notice?" Elizabeth Thomas said. "They knew. And they knew that they knew."
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Tennessee teen taken by teacher says adults failed to protect her: Part 6
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'I wasn't getting out of this': Teen says of day teacher kidnapped her

Elizabeth Thomas said the relationship started when she was the new kid in school and Tad Cummins was her health teacher.
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'I wasn't getting out of this': Teen says of day teacher kidnapped her
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Tennessee teen taken by teacher says he threatened her with guns

"He threatened to shoot himself or use the guns," Elizabeth Thomas said of her teacher Tad Cummins. "He had two of them."
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Tennessee teen taken by teacher says he threatened her with guns
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Teen says teacher made her go on the run with him

Elizabeth Thomas, now 17, tells "GMA" her former high school teacher, Tad Cummins, first kissed her in a classroom.
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Teen says teacher made her go on the run with him
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Retracing missing Tenn. teen, former teacher's steps after they disappeared

Reporter's notebook: ABC's Eva Pilgrim shares the treacherous journey she and "20/20" producers took to the compound where the two had hid out while on the run.
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Retracing missing Tenn. teen, former teacher's steps after they disappeared
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Ex-teacher who allegedly fled Tennessee with teen girl wants to change plea to guilty

Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas had been missing for over a month.
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Ex-teacher who allegedly fled with teen girl wants to change plea
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Tennessee teen allegedly kidnapped by former teacher speaks out: 'It's good and bad'

Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins were missing for over 1 month.
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Teen allegedly kidnapped by former teacher speaks out: 'It's good and bad'
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Ex-teacher who allegedly kidnapped teen to remain in jail until trial

Cummins has been in custody since April 20.
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Ex-teacher who allegedly kidnapped teen to remain in jail until trial
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Ex-teacher who allegedly kidnapped teen planned to run to Mexico, prosecutors say

Tad Cummins was on the run for over a month after allegedly kidnapping the teen.
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Ex-teacher who allegedly kidnapped teen planned to run to Mexico, prosecutors say
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Tad Cummins slept with teen student, his wife says

Jill Cummins said her husband told her that he slept with Elizabeth Thomas.
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Tad Cummins slept with teen student, his wife says
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Teacher accused of kidnapping student being transferred to Tennessee from California

Tad Cummins faces kidnapping and sex crime charges in Tennessee.
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Teacher accused of abducting student being transferred to Tenn.
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Tenn. teacher accused of kidnapping student has teaching license revoked

Tad Cummins was arrested in April after allegedly kidnapping a student.
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Teacher accused of kidnapping has teaching license revoked
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Man who tipped off authorities about missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas describes 'clues'

The man who tipped off authorities and led them to a former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student said there were "clues."
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Man who tipped off authorities about missing student describes 'clues'
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How authorities found missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas and former teacher Tad Cummins

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, and Tad Cummins, 50, were found in a cabin in California.
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How missing Tenn. student and her former teacher were found
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Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas found, former teacher Tad Cummins arrested in California

Tad Cummins has been arrested, and Elizabeth Thomas, his 15-year-old student who he allegedly kidnapped, has been "safely recovered" in Northern California.
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Missing Tenn. student found, former teacher arrested
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Where missing Tennessee teen Elizabeth Thomas is today

Tad Cummins has been charged with transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity across state lines.
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Where missing Tennessee teen Elizabeth Thomas is today
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Video shows Tennessee teen before she disappeared with teacher

Sarah Thomas sensed something was wrong when her sister Elizabeth failed to return by 6 p.m.
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Video shows Tennessee teen before she disappeared with teacher
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Teacher Tad Cummins' developing relationship with Tennessee teen

Elizabeth Thomas would eat lunch in Cummins' classroom and sometimes go to church on Sundays with him and his wife.
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Teacher Tad Cummins' developing relationship with Tennessee teen
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Retracing Elizabeth Thomas, Tad Cummins' steps in the California wilderness after they disappeared: Reporter's Notebook

Tennessee teen Elizabeth Thomas disappeared with teacher Tad Cummins.
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Retracing Elizabeth Thomas, Tad Cummins' steps in the California wilderness after they disappeared
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Student reports seeing teacher kiss Tennessee teen Elizabeth Thomas

Tad Cummins denied ever kissing Thomas, and a few days later, he was suspended from the school.
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Student reports seeing teacher kiss Tennessee teen Elizabeth Thomas
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Where Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas stayed while on the run: Part 4

Cummins and Thomas used the fake names John and Joanna and told commune members they were 44 years old and 24 years old.
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Where Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas stayed while on the run: Part 4
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Tad Cummins, who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student remains jailed

Investigators reveal information about what the former teacher did during his time avoiding police.
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Tad Cummins, who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student remains jailed
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Police finally track down Tennessee teacher and teen Elizabeth Thomas: Part 5

After living in the remote Black Bear Ranch commune, Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were found in California.
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Police finally track down Tennessee teacher and teen Elizabeth Thomas: Part 5
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The last moments before missing Tenn. teen disappeared with former teacher

This security camera footage of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas shows the teen leaving her home before meeting up with Tad Cummins.
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The last moments before missing Tenn. teen disappeared with former teacher
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Tad Cummins slept with teen student, his wife says

Cummins' estranged wife, Jill Cummins, told "Inside Edition" her husband asked for forgiveness after claiming he slept with Elizabeth Thomas, 15, the former student he is charged with kidnapping.
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Tad Cummins slept with teen student, his wife says
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Tad Cummins slept with teen student, his wife says

Jill Cummins said her husband told her that he slept with Elizabeth Thomas.
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Tad Cummins slept with teen student, his wife says
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Prosecutors say Tenn. former teacher planned 'audacious scheme'

Tad Cummins, 50, appeared in federal court in Sacramento, California, where prosecutors claimed he took Elizabeth Thomas, 15, through nine states using swapped-out license plates and a disabled GPS system and making only cash purchases.
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Prosecutors say Tenn. former teacher planned 'audacious scheme'
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Father of Tennessee teen: She 'may not be exactly' the person she was before alleged abduction

Elizabeth Thomas' father says she had experiences that may have changed her.
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Father of Tennessee teen: She 'may not be exactly' the person she was before alleged abduction
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Family of Tenn. former teacher accused of kidnapping student: 'Daddy ... we just want you to come home'

"Daddy, no matter what you’ve done, we just want you to come home."
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Family members of ex-teacher accused of kidnapping teen say they forgive him
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'Pure joy' but concern, too, for family of formerly missing Tenn. student

Brother says "she's like herself and in ways she's not."
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'Pure joy' but concern, too, for family of formerly missing Tenn. student
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Former Tenn. teacher due in court as teen reunites with family

Tad Cummins, 50, faces federal charges for kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas, 15, whose father, Anthony Thomas, described her recovery since returning home as "a rollercoaster."
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Former Tenn. teacher due in court as teen reunites with family
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Tennessee teen's sister on kidnapping, 'roller coaster' of emotions

Elizabeth Thomas’ sister spoke out about how it felt to see her sister again.
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Tennessee teen's sister on kidnapping, 'roller coaster' of emotions
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Father of formerly missing Tennessee student speaks out

Anthony Thomas, now reunited with his daughter Elizabeth Thomas, speaks about her lack of eating while in captivity and the long journey of healing ahead.
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Father of formerly missing Tennessee student speaks out
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Father of abducted Tennessee teen speaks out after her return

Anthony Thomas talks about his hopes for his daughter's future.
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Father of abducted Tennessee teen speaks out after her return
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Father of abducted Tennessee teen speaks out

Elizabeth Thomas was reunited with her family after her alleged kidnapping by her former teacher, Tad Cummins.
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Father of abducted Tennessee teen speaks out
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A look inside the cabin where missing Tennessee teen was found

The national manhunt comes to an end with ex-teacher Tad Cummins in FBI custody.
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A look inside the cabin where missing Tennessee teen was found
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Balancing need for questioning and healing in first days after kidnapped Tennessee teen found

ABC News' and former FBI special agent Brad Garrett speaks on the sensitive balance of questioning a victim for information while also giving that person time and space to heal.
5 years ago
Balancing need for questioning and healing in first days after kidnapped Tennessee teen found
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Rescued Tennessee teenager Elizabeth Thomas rests at home with her family

ABC News' Eva Pilgrim takes viewers on an exclusive tour of the cabin where Thomas was held after being kidnapped by her teacher, Tad Cummins.
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Rescued Tennessee teenager Elizabeth Thomas rests at home with her family
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What we know about former Tenn. teacher Tad Cummins' relationship with 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas

After more than a month on the run amid a nationwide manhunt, former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins was found with his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas.
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What we know about former Tenn. teacher's relationship with student
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Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas is 'resting' after reuniting with her family

The 15-year-old Tennessee girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her former teacher has been reunited with her family and friends, the family's attorney said in a statement.
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Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas reunited with family
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Elizabeth Thomas found and home with her family after being on the run with her former teacher

Teen was allegedly taken by her former teacher Tad Cummings and was missing for more than a month.
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Elizabeth Thomas found and home with her family after being on the run with her former teacher
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Inside the isolated cabin where Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins were found

The tiny cabin where authorities found former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins and his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas, is nestled in the woods in a remote, mountainous area of inland, northernmost California near the Oregon border.
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Inside the isolated cabin where Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins were found