A change of plea hearing will be held on Thursday afternoon for Tad Cummins. 

The former Maury County teacher is accused of taking one of his students across the country for sex. Last week, News 2 learned Cummins had filed paperwork to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. 

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Cummins was captured with Elizabeth Thomas living in a shack in rural California after a nationwide AMBER Alert and manhunt that spanned more than a month. 

An attorney for the family previously told News 2, “The Thomas family is very relieved that Mr. Cummins decided to do the right thing by pleading guilty.  We see this as one more step toward justice for [Elizabeth].”

Cummins still faces state charges of kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.