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The Great Smoky Mountain Journal

Source:  Fox News

Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:24 PM

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Lawsuit Filed Against Maury County School Board And Former Teacher Tad Cummins In Alleged Kidnapping, Assault Of 15-Year Old

A lawsuit was filed against the Maury County School Board and former teacher Tad Cummins in the alleged kidnapping and assault of one of his students, a 15-year-old girl.

Police said Cummins preyed on the teen while she was in school. His teaching license was revoked in July.

The lawsuit claims that the "public school failed its obligation to protect students from a predator. A public school allowed conditions to exist which enabled a teacher to develop a controlling, manipulative relationship with a vulnerable and impressionable fifteen-year old student."

The suit accused the school of failing to follow Title IX, a federal mandate requiring K-12 public schools to protect students from sexual harassment and promptly respond when allegations emerge.

WTVF contacted Maury County School officials who were unaware of the lawsuit.

Cummins and the teen were found in a small cabin in a remote location in northern California in April 2017.

Cummins pleaded not guilty to charges of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice.