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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