Live updates

Campaigner: Forrest 'took advantage' of his pupil

Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said Jeremy Forrest had been handed a "serious sentence".

That's definitely saying to anybody who is put into a unique position of trust with a child that you don't cross that boundary under any circumstances.

He took advantage. No matter what people say, a 14-year-old child does not have the emotional maturity to embark on a relationship like this.

This was a 30-plus qualified teacher who took advantage of the attractions of a younger girl ... He went there and he is paying the price, and quite rightly too.

Judge told Forrest is 'disgusted with himself for lying'

by Emily Morgan - ITV News Correspondent

Jeremy Forrest was due to be sentenced for child abduction today, having been found guilty of that yesterday, but before mitigation he was formally charged with five sexual offences. He pleaded guilty to all five.

In mitigation, his defence counsel said that he was disgusted with himself for lying and ashamed - that what he had done was against his principles.

But the judge said that his behaviour had been motivated by self interest and he chose to ignore the "cardinal rule" of teaching.

Advertisement

Family statement: Forrest is 'very sorry for his actions'

A statement on behalf of Jeremy Forrest's family is read outside Lewes Crown Court
A statement on behalf of Jeremy Forrest's family is read outside Lewes Crown Court

Solicitor Henrietta Ronson read a statement on behalf of Jeremy Forrest's family outside Lewes Crown Court after the today's sentencing.

She described the case as a "sorry episode for all concerned" and added that Forrest "is very sorry for his actions".

She also said they hoped that the "failure to properly act on early warnings" about the relationship would be investigated.

'It was your duty to stop her infatuation not to fuel it'

Judge Michael Lawson QC sentenced teacher Jeremy 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.

It was your duty as a teacher to stop her infatuation, not to fuel it.

Your research into what might happen to you if you were caught is proof of the deliberate nature of your behaviour.

Advertisement

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories