Teacher's wife weeps in court over split

The wife of a teacher who allegedly abducted a schoolgirl to France broke down in tears as she told a court how their marriage fell apart.

Teacher Jeremy Forrest

Teacher denies child abduction

A teacher who taught at a school in Sussex has denied child abduction in a case at Lewes Crown Court involving a 15-year-old girl.

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What drove teacher to have relationship with girl?

So what drove the teacher to encourage a relationship with a girl half his age? Then to abduct her when the truth came out? The court heard that Jeremy Forrest abused his position of trust as a teacher, and took advantage of a vulnerable teenager. Could more have been done to stop him?

Malcolm Shaw has been looking at the background to the case. Interviewees: Dr Lisa Turner, expert on child-teacher relationships; and Jim Forrest, Jeremy's father

Teacher relationship on Twitter with pupil

The authorities in East Sussex failed to act to end Jeremy Forrest's relationship with his besotted teenage pupil despite warning signs - including public Twitter messages between the pair.

Now Forrest's case has prompted campaigners to ask why he was not suspended months earlier from the 1,040-pupil Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, where he taught maths.

Forrest was spoken to by senior colleagues after gossip emerged that he and thegirl, then aged 14, held hands on a flight from Los Angeles in February last year - seven months before they fled to France.

He denied there was anything behind the claims but more concerns were raised by staff.

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Girl told by Jeremy Forrest in court: "I love you"

As the jury foreman announced the verdict, the girl - who cannot be named - put her head in her hands and burst out crying. As the jury arrived back in court, Forrest had turned to her and said: "I love you."

He remained stony-faced as the verdict was given. And as he was taken down to the cells, the girl said to Forrest: "I'm sorry."

Teacher guilty of abduction: Council statement

East Sussex County Council has issued the following statement:

“Our priority right from the start of this case has always been the welfare of the young person involved.

"That remains our primary concern and we are working closely with her and her family, providing a range of support.

“East Sussex County Council expects very high professional standards from people working with children; similarly parents rightly expect exemplary behaviour from teachers who are entrusted with the education of their children.

“The importance of appropriate relationship boundaries between staff and pupils cannot be overstated and we will not tolerate any behaviour that does not respect those boundaries"

Jeremy Forrest convicted after trial

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Jeremy Forrest has been found guilty Credit: Meridian

Teacher Jeremy Forrest was today found guilty of abducting a 15-year-old girl who he took to France when their sexual affair was about to be exposed. Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, London, was convicted by the jury following an eight-day trial at Lewes Crown Court.

The 30-year-old was labelled a 'paedophile' by the prosecution, who said he 'groomed' the vulnerable teenager and his actions were a gross breach of trust.

The trial has heard how the pupil had just turned 15 when she started a sexual relationship with 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.

Teacher guilty of abducting pupil

A teacher at an East Sussex school has been convicted of abducting a schoolgirl to France.

Jeremy Forrest, 30, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Greater London, denied an offence of child abduction at Lewes Crown Court.

The trial had heard how the pupil had just turned 15 when she started a sexual relationship with Forrest 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

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Jury due out in teacher trial

A jury is set to retire to consider its verdict in the case of a teacher who allegedly abducted an East Sussex schoolgirl to France. Jeremy Forrest, 30, denies child abduction. His trial at Lewes Crown Court has heard that the pupil was 15 when she started a sexual relationship with Forrest.

Richard Barton, prosecuting, said Forrest's actions were an abuse of trust and he had not acted with the consent of the girl's parents.

He added that Forrest could be labelled a paedophile who groomed the vulnerable teenager.

Ronald Jaffa, defending, said the teenager was "desperate and suicidal" and Forrest went with her to prevent her coming to harm.

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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