REUTERS/JIM URQUHARTSiskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey announces the arrest of fugitive Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas.
Now, after police discovered the pair in a remote hut in California, Cummins will face some serious consequences.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall Newman ordered Tad Cummins held in the meantime as both a flight risk and a danger to the public.
It added that Cummins admitted to planning an escape to Mexico and procured a "small watercraft" and "conducted a test run to cross into Mexico across the water from San Diego".
The teen and the teacher denied they had kissed, but the investigation found that the teen often relied on Cummins for support.
Authorities received a tip late Wednesday night that the pair may have taken up residence in the woods in Siskiyou County, perhaps for more than a week, bureau spokesman Josh DeVine said.
As Radar readers know, Thomas and Cummins disappeared from Columbia, Tennessee, on March 13.
Danielle Thomas, Elizabeth's sister-in-law, said the 15-year-old appears OK "at times" but 'there are times where she's curled up in the middle of the floor crying and shaking and having panic attacks'.
Kat Bozeman said the family is focusing on the recovery of her teenage sister after Thomas had been kidnapped.
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Her father, Anthony Thomas, filed for divorce as well as a new restraining order against her mother, Kimberly Thomas. Cummins faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted. Cummins' attorney has said the girl went with her teacher willingly.
If convicted on the federal charge of transporting a minor across state lines for the objective of engaging in unlawful sexual activity, Cummins faces anywhere from 10 years in prison to a life sentence.
Cummins will be shackled and transported from the jail to an airport where he'll board a U.S. Marshal-owned air plane, said Daniel T. Shelton, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Thomas' father, Anthony, is thankful to have his daughter back home.
Thomas was rescued last Thursday at a cabin in northern California and Cummins was arrested.
The teacher would later be reprimanded on February 3 by school principal Penny Love after the girl was seen in Cummins' classroom for a little more than half an hour that day.
Since day one, the family has said they care about Elizabeth's well-being above all else; they haven't been concerned with Cummins and what might happen with him.
Friends and family are gently interacting with and approaching her as she copes with the aftermath of her ordeal, her sister told a CNN affiliate.