Convicted former teacher Tad Cummins wants to be released from jail due to COVID-19 concerns


FILE – This April 20, 2017, file photo released by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office shows Tad Cummins. Cummins was accused of running away with a 15-year-old student in March 2017, setting off a nationwide manhunt. A lawsuit has been settled between a Tennessee school district and a former student who was kidnapped by a teacher when she was 15. Tad Cummins sparked a 39-day nationwide manhunt when he fled the state with the former Culleoka Unit School student on March, 13, 2017. They were later found in a remote area of northern California. (Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Former Maury County teacher Tad Cummins wants to be released from jail due to COVID-19 concerns.

In a written letter to federal judge Aleta Trauger provided to News 2, Cummins asked for “immediate release or release to home confinement under the CARES Act.” Cummins also appealed to Trauger that he falls under the category “of individuals considered high risk of death from the COVID-19 virus.”

On Friday, the court appointed the Federal Public Defender’s Office to determine whether Cummins is entitled to relief. If a motion for relief is filed, the government will respond in 14 days.

Cummins was a teacher at Culeoka Unit School when he ran away with his student, Elizabeth Thomas. They were the subject of a nationwide Amber Alert in 2017. After 38 days on the run, authorities found them hiding in a rustic cabin in Northern California. He has since been convicted and is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.

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