NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The former Maury County teacher that took a student on a cross country sex trip dropped the appeal to his sentencing, according to court documents.

Tad Cummins was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being captured in California after 38 days on the run with then 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas.

He made a plea, hoping to get less time in prison, then challenged the court decision until Monday.

Thomas said she was coerced into leaving with him.