Teacher on trial for abduction

A married teacher who taught in East Sussex was warned by colleagues to keep his distance from one of his pupils seven months before he allegedly abducted her to France, a jury has been told.

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Teacher on trial will not give evidence

A teacher who allegedly abducted a schoolgirl to France will not give evidence in his defence. Jeremy Forrest, 30, of Petts Wood, south east London, denies an offence of child abduction at Lewes Crown Court.

The trial has heard the pupil was aged 15 when she started a sexual relationship with Forrest after developing a crush on him at Bishop Bell CofE School in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Fearing they were about to be exposed, Forrest booked them on a cross-Channel ferry from Dover to Calais on September 20 last year before spending seven days on the run in France.

Ronald Jaffa, defending, told the court that Forrest would not be giving evidence.

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Teacher trial latest: schoolgirl feared he could be jailed

Jeremy Forrest arrives at Lewes Crown Court Credit: PA

A schoolgirl allegedly abducted to France by her married maths teacher was worried that he could be imprisoned for "sexual contact" with her, a friend has told a court.

The girl was 15 when she started a sexual relationship with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest after developing a crush on him at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Fearing they were about to be exposed, Forrest booked them on a cross-Channel ferry from Dover to Calais on September 20 last year before spending seven days on the run in France.

Scots-born Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Kent, denies child abduction.

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'Abducted schoolgirl' to give evidence

Jeremy Forrest being lead into court. Credit: PA

A schoolgirl allegedly abducted to France by her married maths teacher will give evidence today.

The girl was aged 15 when she started a sexual relationship with Jeremy Forrest, 30, after developing a crush on him at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne.

Fearing they were about to be exposed, Forrest booked them on a cross-Channel ferry from Dover to Calais on September 20 last year before spending seven days on the run in France.

While there, he and the girl dyed their hair black, Forrest set up a French email account and bought a French mobile phone, and bogus CVs were drafted in an internet cafe to help get work.

At Lewes Crown Court, prosecutor Richard Barton has said that Forrest used the alias Jack Dean and the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also gave herself a bogus name on the false CVs.

In a videoed police interview played to jurors last week, the girl said she "panicked" after a visit by police on September 19 about their relationship.

The girl said she denied everything to police because she did not want to get Forrest into trouble. She said in the police video interview: "It was much easier to say nothing and deny it all rather than sit there and drag it all out."

Following the visit, she said she packed a bag and was going to leave that night. "I wanted to leave because I didn't want to face my mum when she found out."

The girl, now aged 16, is expected to give evidence via videolink from 11am.

Scots-born Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Kent, denies child abduction.

Teacher trial: Colleagues give evidence

A married teacher who taught in East Sussex was warned to keep his distance from one of his pupils seven months before he allegedly abducted her to France, a jury has been told.

There were rumours at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne that the girl had a crush on 30-year-old Forrest.

Teacher Emma Tremaman said the girl had avoided sanction for alleged misbehaviour after Forrest intervened, saying she had not been involved - prompting complaints from students.

She spoke to Forrest amid concern that rumours about his relationship with the girl could damage his career.

She told Lewes Crown Court: "There was an incident where Jeremy and myself were sat in the car park and I did mention to him the concerns a couple of the students had been saying."

She added: "He just thanked me."

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