SHAME OH SHAME ON GREAT BRITAIN FOR PUTTING JEREMY FORREST ON TRIAL!!!! This fifteen year old girl was obviously extremely mature and they were in love, so LEAVE THEM ALONE!
A schoolgirl allegedly abducted to France by her married teacher after police found out about their relationship has told how they first kissed in a classroom.
The girl was 14 at the time of the clinch with 30-year-old Jeremy Forrest, which took place after they had been tweeting and texting regularly. In the days leading up to the kiss, the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she attended Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, early specifically to see him.
In a videoed police interview played at Lewes Crown Court, the girl, now 16, said: “I do remember being in his room and it was just me and him. He said ‘I really want to kiss you’ and I said ‘I really want to’. It got to the point where there was only so much of a friendship you could have before it developed into something else.” She went on: “It ended up being in his classroom.”
As the relationship turned sexual two months later after she had turned 15, the girl said Forrest knew what the consequences would be for him – and that he could face prison.
She said in the interview, dated October 3 last year: “He told me that he didn’t want to take advantage of me, and I just didn’t have a problem with it any way. It was what I wanted to do because of how much I liked him. I didn’t give it a second thought. Obviously I was worried about it and I spoke to my friends about it.”
She added: “He knew he would go to prison, lose his job and not work with children again, so he was aware and that made me feel better. There was no naivety about it and it was what I wanted, and I probably encouraged it. We would bring it up and I would say ‘Yeah, I really want to’.”
The court has heard police were alerted to their relationship following a tip-off. When a police officer and a social worker visited the girl’s home to speak to her about what was going on, they decided to flee the next day, September 20. Scots-born Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Kent, denies child abduction.
The girl spoke of the time she first stayed over at Forrest’s house after telling her mother she was having a sleepover with a friend – but said nothing sexual happened. “He picked me up after school – I think it was a Friday – and everything we planned was what happened. We didn’t do anything sexual. We slept in the same bed but that’s all it was. I told my friends that nothing was going to happen and I think Jeremy wanted to stick to that as well.” She added: “We watched TV and he made me dinner.”
She said she could not remember the first time they had sex but that they did it in “a few hotels” when she would tell her mother she was staying with a friend.
“The lead-up was that, just like we had said, we wanted to take things further and it was a natural thing. We had doubts. He felt so guilty about it. We shouldn’t have even been texting, let alone having a sexual relationship.”
Married teacher ‘fled with 15 year-old pupil’
By AFP | AFP – 13 hours ago
The trial of a married British teacher accused of abducting a child has heard that he ran away to France with a 15-year-old pupil after they started a sexual relationship, sparking an international manhunt.
Maths teacher Jeremy Forrest, 30, faces up to seven years in jail if convicted of abducting the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
A jury at Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex, southeast England, heard on Tuesday that the pair absconded on September 20 last year, a day after police questioned the girl about the relationship.
They took a ferry to France — with the teenager using Forrest’s wife’s passport — sparking an intensive search on both sides of the Channel.
Forrest was arrested in the port city of Bordeaux, southwest France, eight days later.
Prosecutor Richard Barton said the teacher had committed a “gross and long-term breach of trust”.
“This is not Romeo and Juliet — this is a 15-year-old girl with her own vulnerabilities, and a 30-year-old teacher,” he told the court.
“When parents send their children to school, they quite properly expect that those who teach their children will care for them properly.”
Barton said the girl had gone willingly to France, but Forrest could not use this as a defence.
In a video interview recorded on October 3 that was played to the court, the teenager said that in the months before she and Forrest fled, they exchanged flirtatious texts and Twitter messages and eventually started meeting up for sex.
The age of sexual consent in Britain is 16.
“I had had boyfriends and crushes on other people but he was older,” she said. “I liked that he was older and mature.”
She added: “I didn’t really like school, talking to him became a reason to start going and made me feel better about things.”
The court heard that the night before they ran away, a police officer and a social worker had visited the girl’s home and asked questions about the relationship.
She denied having improper relations with Forrest but her mother gave police permission to seize her mobile phone. Knowing that the messages and pictures on the phone would reveal the truth, she packed a bag.
“I wanted to leave because I didn’t want to face my mum when she found out,” the girl said.
Once in France, she and Forrest dyed their hair in an attempt to disguise themselves and began looking for work using false CVs, but an English bar owner in Bordeaux recognised them from media reports and Forrest was arrested in the street.
He had been married for a year but relations with his wife were strained, jurors were told.
The trial is due to last two weeks.