Runaway UK teacher to face music

2012-10-10 18:58

London - Jeremy Forrest, the British teacher who ran away with a 15-year-old pupil, was extradited on Wednesday from France back to England, where he faces questioning by police.

With a towel covering his head, Forrest was shepherded down the steps of the plane at Gatwick airport after flying in from the southwestern French city of Bordeaux and led into a waiting police van.

Forrest, 30, a married maths teacher, disappeared last month with a 15-year-old girl from his school in Eastbourne in Sussex on the southeast English coast.

The pair left Britain by ferry on 20 September, triggering a Europe-wide hunt that resulted in them being picked up by police in Bordeaux on 28 September.

The teenager was repatriated the following day while Forrest was detained in Bordeaux to allow a French magistrate to consider an international arrest warrant issued by the British authorities.

A French court ruled last week that Forrest should be returned to Britain.

Forrest did not contest the extradition at last week's hearing and, through his lawyer, has said he is keen for the "full story" of the elopement to be told.

"A 30-year-old man who was arrested for child abduction has been extradited from France and brought back to Sussex where he will be questioned by officers," a Sussex Police spokesperson told AFP.

  • des.cider - 2012-10-10 20:07

    He fell in love with a young woman whom the law states is six months too young, in the face of her poor relationship with her parents and his relationship with his wife. He tried to procure her freedom and now he faces dismissal from his job, a charge of abduction when she willingly went with him to escape her domestic misery, and the difference between heroism and paedophilia is less than a year of her life. He was just a bit silly, but more so than Vladimir Nabakov and the hero of the novel “Lolita”...

      delish7564 - 2012-10-10 20:55

      Unfortunately Des it doesn't matter, it's still against the law. If his marriage was so bad he should have left his wife before embarking on an affair with one of his students. I hear what you're saying, but do we really know the true story of her home life? Teenagers can and do, say things without thinking things through, especially in moments of anger and in this case there are not just 2 sides to this story but 4. Most teenage girls around that age look older these days, I know my daughter does when she isn't in school uniform and that also adds complications!!

      Johann Enslin - 2012-10-10 22:27

      Well said

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