Tad Cummins’ wife claims he asked for forgiveness

Jill Cummins (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A week after 50-year-old Tad Cummins was found in northern California with his former student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, his wife said he called and asked for forgiveness.

Jill Cummins, who filed for divorce while the AMBER Alert was ongoing, said her husband called just days after his arrest on April 20.

“It was very hard to hear his voice after all this time, not knowing if I was going to hear it again,” she told Inside Edition. “But he told me he was sorry. He told me he loved me and to please forgive him.”

Cummins reportedly told him she couldn’t say “I love you” back.

“I, of course, went into a rage of, ‘Do you know what you’ve done to me? Do you know what you’ve done to your girls and your grandchildren?’ He pretty much just over and over said, ‘I’m sorry,’” she explained.

Tad Cummins continues to call her from jail, she said, but she won’t pick up the phone, Inside Edition reports.

Daughters Erica and Ashlee previously said in a statement they are “glad this chapter of the ordeal is over” and thanked all the law enforcement involved in the case.

Tad Cummins remains in custody and is being held without bond after a federal judge deemed him a flight risk and danger to the community. He is expected to be transported to Tennessee and, if convicted, could face 10 years to life in prison.

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