Tad Cummins’ resume says he’s been a respiratory therapist, a percussionist in several bands and, most recently, a Tennessee high school health sciences teacher.
But before Cummins disappeared and was charged with kidnapping his student Elizabeth Thomas last week, he convinced her that he had a swanky, stealthy past as a CIA and FBI agent who was flush with cash, her father said.
“He convinced her that he had been a secret agent and … that he had all kinds of money,” Anthony Thomas told HLN. “It was clear that he had really put a lot of notions into her head.”
Cummins, the 50-year-old Culleoka high school teacher who is accused of abducting the 15-year-old girl weeks after another student reported seeing them kissing, was no agent, and he has limited access to cash, authorities say.
His alleged statements are among mounting indications that Cummins groomed the freshman during her time as a student in his forensics class, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said.
“The totality of the picture right now has us more concerned about Elizabeth than we really have been since the start of it,” DeVine told HLN on Tuesday night.