Teacher accused of kidnapping teen in court in Tennessee

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Teacher accused of kidnapping teen in court in Tennessee. ABC News' Danya Bacchus reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on May 9, 2017. (WPVI)

A teacher charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old student and taking her to California is back home in Tennessee, facing charges that could leave him in prison for life.

Tad Cummins appeared in a federal courtroom in Nashville on Tuesday to face an additional charge of bringing a minor across state lines for sex.

The 50-year-old health science teacher was shackled with leg irons and wearing a striped jail jumpsuit when he entered the courtroom.

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The missing Tennessee teen who was allegedly kidnapped by her former teacher was found in an isolated cabin in northern California.

He smiled at relatives who came to watch.

A federal magistrate judge told Cummins he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could get life.

Cummins replied softly, answering that he understood.

Federal prosecutors want him held pending trial. The judge scheduled a detention hearing for Friday.

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Authorities: Tennessee student, teacher found in Ca. Erielle Reshef reports during Action News at 5:30 p.m. on April 20.

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