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Teacher Sentenced

A Tennessee teacher who was on the run for weeks with a 15-year-old student before being found in a remote area of Siskiyou County has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Tad Cummins broke down crying during sentencing in a Nashville courtroom Wednesday as he apologized to the victim and his own family.

A statement from the victim called the 52-year-old Cummins “disgusting” and said the effects of his actions on her were “devastating and permanent.”

Prosecutors asked for a 30-year sentence after Cummins pleaded guilty to transporting a minor across state lines for sex and obstructing justice.

The girl’s disappearance set off a national manhunt that ended when a man in a tiny Siskiyou County community of Cecilville recognized Cummins in April of 2017.