Former Tennessee teacher taken into federal custody

Danielle Jester, Siskiyou Daily News
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, left, and Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus deliver the news on Friday morning that Tad Cummins will not be arraigned in Siskiyou County as previously expected. By Danielle Jester, Siskiyou Daily News

At approximately 9:45 this morning – as a multitude of newspeople were gathered in the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka awaiting the arraignment of former Tennessee teacher and alleged kidnapper Tad Cummins – Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus and Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey informed the crowd inside the courtroom that Cummins has been taken into federal custody and will not be arraigned in Siskiyou County after all.

Andrus explained that Cummins was en route to Sacramento, having been taken into custody by the Sacramento Federal Bureau of Investigation. “This is something we learned in the last few minutes this morning,” Andrus explained to the gathered media. “They expect [Cummins] to be arraigned on Monday in Sacramento.”

After being asked by reporters to clarify the nature of the warrant under which Cummins had been arrested, Andrus explained that Cummins is believed to have violated the Mann Act, a federal criminal statute enacted in 1910, also known as the White Slave Traffic Act. The Mann Act prohibits interstate or foreign transportation of a person with the intention of engaging that individual in sexual activity or prostitution.

Lopey read a document that described the premise on which the warrant was based, which stated, in part, “There is probable cause to believe that Tad E. Cummins has committed the offense of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(a).”

“The proceedings in Siskiyou County are over,” Andrus stated, “unless and until we would eventually file local charges.” He further described that even if Siskiyou County did choose to file charges, that process would not take place until after the legal proceedings in Tennessee are finished. “There could be local charges eventually, but only if it adds something to the overall case,” Andrus concluded.