NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An ex-Tennessee teacher who escaped with a 15-year-old student last year and instigated a nationwide 39-day manhunt has changed his request to a federal court.
A lawyer's document filed Thursday in Nashville Federal Court says 51-year-old Tad Cummins wants to change his earlier non-guilty objection. He says he "would like to file a guilty verdict."
He is accused of having promoted a minor across national borders in order to prosecute and obstruct the judiciary.
requested for the hearing.
Cummins and the girl disappeared last March. They were found in a remote forest shelter near Cecilville, California, last April, following a police referral.
Cummins had planned to bring the girl to Mexico and took a boat from San Diego on a test run, according to federal court documents. He changed the license plates twice, disabled his vehicle's GPS system, used aliases, changed his appearance, paid only in cash, and used the back roads during his nearly six weeks on the run, according to the documents.
Authorities write to janitor to the remote Northern California estate to help police locate the girl and arrest her alleged abductee
The Tennessee Board of Education revoked Cummins' educational license in July
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