NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Authorities say a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher last month has been found safe in California and the teacher has been arrested.
Tad Cummins and Mary Catherine "Elizabeth" Thomas. (File photos)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday that teacher Tad Cummins had been taken into custody.
The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later.
An acting U.S. attorney in Tennessee says Cummins has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to have sex.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith announced the charge at a news conference on Thursday, just hours after authorities say the girl was found safe in a very remote area in northern California.
Authorities say they received a tip late Wednesday night that the pair were in the area of Cecilville, Calif.
Deputies there found Cummins' Nissan Rogue and watched it for several hours before taking him into custody without incident.
Authorities say the girl is apparently healthy and unharmed.
Elizabeth Thomas disappeared from her home near Columbia on March 13.
Columbia is about 45 miles south of Nashville.
Court papers filed recently in the girl's disappearance say she was afraid of the teacher and thought she would face repercussions at school if she resisted him.