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UK teacher denies child abduction charge

2013-01-26 10:05

London - A British teacher accused of abducting a teenage girl pleaded not guilty Friday when he appeared in court via videolink from prison.

Jeremy Forrest, 30, was remanded in custody after the hearing at Lewes Crown Court in Sussex, southern England.

There was no application for bail and his trial was set for 10 June.

Forrest, a married maths teacher from London, sparked a Europe-wide search last September when he disappeared with the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

He was detained in France, in the south-western city of Bordeaux, on 28 September after police issued a European warrant for his arrest.

The amateur musician was extradited back to Britain and charged with child abduction. The girl was flown back to Britain in September and reunited with her family.