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Jeremy Forrest convicted of child abduction


A Sussex schoolteacher who fled to France with one of his pupils has been found guilty of abducting a child.

Jeremy Forrest was convicted at Lewes Crown Court today after he took the girl to France. They were eventually found in Bordeaux a week after their disappearance.

Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East, Portia Ragnauth, said: "This case was one where a teacher was in a position of authority over a 15 year old pupil and abducted her, taking her to another country. Not only did he breach the trust and confidence that all the parents at that school had placed in him, he also brought disgrace to his profession, who are trusted to look after the children in their care.

"Forrest lied systematically about his relationship with the girl, repeatedly seeking to assure others, who were concerned about the welfare of his victim that nothing untoward was going on between them.

"Nothing detracts from the fact that this was an abduction. The law clearly states that it is an offence to remove a child from the care of their parents or lawful guardian without the adult's consent. Add to that the torment and anguish that the victim's family went through while they were gone.

"None of us can begin to imagine how worried they were about her safety and wellbeing while she was gone for over a week, not knowing where she was or whether she was safe. It's a parent's worst nightmare to have their child abducted and to not know whether they will ever see them again.

"Because Forrest abducted his victim to another country, this has been a complex case to bring to trial, which has been achieved by diligent work by our Complex Casework Unit and Sussex Police, along with assistance from our colleagues in France and the French courts."


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