Family of Elizabeth Thomas Prepares for Emotional Trial of Kidnapper and Ex-Teacher

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Tad Cummins, the 51-year-old man accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student for 38 days, will go on trial in a federal court on July 25 after being charged with kidnapping and sex crimes in the abduction of Elizabeth Thomas.

According to PEOPLE, Elizabeth's father says the family is still dealing with the "horrific" experience he put everyone through.

"It's a highly emotional issue," Anthony Thomas said. "[Going to court] is going to be very difficult for everybody."

Both the police and Elizabeth's family say her former teacher "groomed" her for months before the abduction. Not long after the two were reported missing, Cummins was fired from his teaching job, having been suspended previously for allegedly kissing Elizabeth on school grounds.

It's unknown whether Elizabeth will testify, but the family plans to attend the trial to show their support for her.

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"We've spoken many times as a family," Thomas said. "[Going to court] is just something we're going to have to go through."

After returning home after being missing for over a month, Elizabeth was taken to an undisclosed location to work with psychologists. Although she wasn't physically harmed, she allegedly underwent a series of traumatic events.

"We are doing fine," Thomas said. "It's just a process we have to go through. [We're] being very supportive."

If convicted, Cummins faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison. He also faces charges in California for alleged kidnapping and possession of stolen property.

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