03:10 - Source: CNN
Teacher captured in remote California cabin

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Ex-teacher's lawyer files to reverse initial plea to guilty

He was indicted on two federal charges last year

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Tad Cummins, the former teacher accused of abducting a teenage student from Tennessee and taking her to California, was indicted Thursday on two federal charges.

Cummins had been indicted last year on a charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities, which has a maximum sentence of life in prison; and a second charge of destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years, according to court documents. The second charge is related to his alleged destruction of two phones to impede the investigation, court documents said.

In a motion filed in the US District Court in Tennessee on Thursday, his lawyer wrote that “after case review, consultation, and personal reflection, he [Cummins] would like to enter a plea of guilty to both counts.”

Court documents said Cummins was indicted on a charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities, which has a maximum sentence of life in prison; and a second charge of destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Cummins and the then 15-year-old girl went missing March 13, 2017, from Tennessee, sparking a nationwide search. They were on the run for 39 days and were found April 20 at a remote cabin in Northern California, where they’d been posing as husband and wife.