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Forrest set to see schoolgirl

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil. Forrest, 30, was arrested in Bordeaux, France, on September 28 last year following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant. SUS-140213-151231001

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil. Forrest, 30, was arrested in Bordeaux, France, on September 28 last year following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant. SUS-140213-151231001

Maths teacher Jeremy Forrest is set for a behind-bars reunion with the pupil he ran away with.

Forrest, 32, from Ringmer, East Sussex was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for abduction and sex with a minor.

He sparked an international manhunt after the pair vanished.

The girl was just 15 when she disappeared with Forrest, who taught her at Bishop Bell School, sparking fears that she had been kidnapped.

But CCTV footage emerged soon after showing her with her arms around the teacher on a ferry from Dover to Calais.

Forrest was later arrested in Bordeaux by French Police after he handed in a CV which included a picture to a bar, having been on the run for eight days.

Bar staff recognised Forrest and handed the CV over to French authorities.

On returning to England, he was convicted at Lewes Crown Court of child abduction and five counts of sexual activity with a child.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

The pair have not seen each other since Forrest’s trial in June last year but it is believed they are prepared to meet for the first time since returning to England from France.

They have tried to make contact previously and Forrest was moved from Lewes Prison, where he was originally sent after being convicted, as a result.

They exchanged love letters vowing to continue their relationship upon his release and the teenager allegedly bombarded the prison governor with calls demanding to see Forrest.

He was subsequently moved to Channings Woods prison last August, 200 miles from East Sussex.

The girl has reportedly moved on with her life since and is believed to be seeing someone her own age.

Forrest, who insists he is not a paedophile but simply fell in love with his pupil, has been told of the potential reunion and is said to be receptive to the idea.

Officials have reportedly written to the prison service to enquire as to whether the pair can meet and both parties are aware of the proposal.

“It is thought that a meeting could give closure over the things that happened to them both,” a source said.

“It would only happen if both sides agreed and the girl was completely happy with it.”

In a recent letter written by Forrest, he reportedly said, “The reason why contact is so vital to us is because of the support and stability our relationship gives our lives.”

It is thought a case meeting between social workers and East Sussex Council will now be held in the coming weeks to make a final decision as to whether the meeting can go ahead or not.

 

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