Teacher who ran away with student sentenced to 20 years in prison

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Tad Cummins

FILE – This April 20, 2017, file photo released by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office shows Tad Cummins. Cummins, a Tennessee teacher who was on the run for more than five weeks with a 15-year-old student, is scheduled to be sentenced, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tad Cummins, the Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

A federal judge sentenced Cummins on Wednesday in Nashville.

Federal prosecutors had wanted him to spend 30 years in prison. In a sentencing memorandum filed Monday, they argued the 52-year-old deserved a harsh sentence because he took advantage of a vulnerable girl with a history of abuse and neglect.

They also noted Cummins had no plans to end his sexual relationship with the teen before he was caught with her near a remote California cabin in April 2017.

Cummins asked for the minimum sentence of 10 years. He had no previous criminal history and says if they had not left Tennessee he would likely face a sentence of only 2-4 years.

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