UK teacher found guilty of abducting schoolgirl

Thursday 20 June 2013 21.04
Jeremy Forrest was accused by the prosecution of grooming a vulnerable teenager
Jeremy Forrest was accused by the prosecution of grooming a vulnerable teenager

A British teacher has been found guilty of abducting a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

Jeremy Forrest took the girl to France when their sexual affair was about to be exposed.

Forrest, with an address in southeast 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 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 ferry from Dover to Calais on 20 September last year before spending seven days on the run in France.