A criminal complaint filed in federal court provides a timeline of Tad Cummins’ actions before he went missing with his former student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas.
Cummins, 50, is charged with transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
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The complaint provides more insight to the actions of Cummins both before and after he disappeared with Thomas. Below are five notable findings in the document.
1. A 12-year-old student reported seeing Cummins and Thomas engaged in a “romantic” kiss.
Elicit behavior between Cummins and Thomas was first reported on January 23, 2017. A 12-year-old student claimed he/she walked into a Cummin’s classroom after school and saw the suspect and victim kissing.
The student described the kiss as a “romantic peck rather than a father-daughter type kiss.” Both Cummins and Thomas denied that the kiss took place.
2. Tad Cummins gave his wife false information twice about where he was going the day of his disappearance.
The criminal complaint states Cummins borrowed his wife’s 2015 Nissan Rouge on March 13 and told her he was going to a job interview, but it turned out he didn’t actually have an interview scheduled.
When she came home that night, there was a note from Cummins that said he was traveling to Virginia Beach or the D.C. area to “clear his mind.” He allegedly asked her not to call police and denied doing anything wrong.
3. Cummins took out a loan for $4500 the week before he and Thomas went missing
Tad Cummins' wife told investigators he took out a loan of $4500 the week before he disappeared. Cummins reportedly told her he got the loan to help “meet their financial needs” while he was suspended from work.
The money, along with two guns, toiletry items and clothes, were missing from the Cummins’ home.
4. Cummins filled a prescription for erectile dysfunction and prolonged sexual performance drugs before disappearing.
According to the criminal complaint, Cummins filled a prescription for Cialis on March 10, 2017. That was three days before he left town.
The prescription was for six pills. Cialis is used to treat erectile dysfunction and prolong sexual performance.
5. Cummins bought lubricant that is commonly used for sexual intercourse at a Walmart in Oklahoma.
While staying in Guymon, Oklahoma on March 16, 2017, Cummins and Thomas visited a Walmart store. This was three days after the disappeared.
At the store, Cummins bought KY Jelly lubricant, women’s razors, chocolate and cheese cubes, according to the criminal complaint. Both Cummins and Thomas were caught on surveillance video.
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