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Child abduction teacher jailed

A teacher who used to work in a school in Sussex has denied abducting a 15-year-old girl. The case is being heard at Lewes Crown Court.

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Judge tells Forrest: "You must pay the price"

Jeremy Forrest Credit: PA Images

Judge Michael Lawson QC sentenced Forrest to four and a half years for the five offences of sexual activity with a child and one year for the offence of child abduction, to run consecutively.

He told Forrest: "Your behaviour in this period has been motivated by self-interest and has hurt and damaged many people - her family, your family, staff and pupils at the school and respect for teachers everywhere.

"It has damaged you too but that was something you were prepared to risk, you now have to pay that price."

Forrest, wearing a grey suit, white shirt and tie, showed no emotion but nodded to his family as he was taken down to the cells.

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