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Teacher held without bond; reportedly admitted to sex with student

13 Mai 2017

The agent also said Cummins told authorities the sexual relationship began after they disappeared March 13th.

The ruling came after a preliminary hearing in Nashville, according to a clerk at the U.S. District Court.

He faces a state charge of aggravated kidnapping, sexual contact with a minor, and one federal charge of transporting a minor across state lines for sex.

A federal judge has ordered a Tennessee schoolteacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old student held until trial, saying he is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Cummins' defense attorney, Dumaka Shabazz, said in a court filing that Cummins maintained his innocence. He has been in federal custody since he was arrested and the teen was found in a rural part of California on April 20.

Documents also revealed that Cummins served as a missionary with his church and also taught Sunday school. "However, he adamantly rejects the notion that the events before the court are a crime of violence", the filing said.

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"Mr. Cummins never employed violence, force, or threats". "At no time was the alleged victim held at gunpoint, hit or forcibly held".

The document stated that Cummins abused his position as a teacher, exploited a student's vulnerability, transported the 15-year old girl across state liness for the goal of engaging in sexual acts, and engaged in sexual activities in numerous locations with the minor over a 30-day period. "In fact, it appears that she desired to leave a broken home, and a school where she was a bullied outsider".

The Tennessean reported that Cummins, dressed in striped prison garb, remained silent, but turned to mouth "I love you", to his two daughters and relatives at Friday's hearing.

Cummins said he bought a tablet computer in Colorado to keep up with the news.

The Thomas family attorney, Jason Whatley has told PEOPLE any suggestion that Elizabeth might have gone willingly is "amazingly absurd".

A spokesperson for acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said more charges could be coming if the grand jury returns an indictment.

Teacher held without bond; reportedly admitted to sex with student