Tad Cummins will remain in jail

May 9, 2017: Tad Cummins is set to appear in federal court in Nashville.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Accused kidnapper Tad Cummins has been deemed a flight risk and will remain in jail until his trial.

The FBI agent who initially interviewed Cummins said he admitted to sex with a 15-year-old former student “most nights” they were on the run. The pair were gone for 37 nights.

The FBI agent said Cummins told him the journey went through several states and he used three different license plates.

Cummins said he bought a tablet computer in Colorado to keep up with the news. He also bought a kayak in California and attempted to ride it into Mexico.

His case was bound over to the grand jury.

Cummins was captured with the 15-year-old girl in Northern California last month after being on the run for more than five weeks.

Cummins is charged with transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he would have to serve at least 10 years behind bars.

It's unclear if additional federal charges will be brought against the former Culleoka Unit School teacher.

Cummins' wife also claims he admitted to having sex with his student while they were on the run. That admission allegedly came during a recorded jail phone call.

A spokesperson for acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said more charges could be coming if the grand jury returns an indictment.

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The former teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old and taking her across the country, sparking a nationwide hunt,  is set to appear in federal court in Nashville on Friday afternoon.

Tad Cummins is charged with transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he would have to serve at least 10 years behind bars.

During the preliminary hearing, the U.S. Attorney's Office will present evidence to the judge, who will determine if there's enough evidence to send this case to the grand jury. The grand jury would determine if there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

It's unclear if additional federal charges will be brought against the former Maury County teacher.

A spokesperson for acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said more charges could be coming if the grand jury returns an indictment.

The hearing is set to begin at 2 p.m.  This story will be updated.

WSMV contributed to this report

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