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Teacher pens letter after contact ban

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.

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.

Jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest has written to a national newspaper to declare his undying love for the pupil he ran away with, just days after being transferred 120 miles to a new prison following a dispute about letters from the 16-year-old.

The 31-year-old penned an emotional seven-page letter to the Daily Express promising not to abandon the teenager, with whom he fled to France when she was 15, and claiming his move to Dartmoor Prison is punishment for his feelings. He also described the separation from the pupil as ‘torture’ and insisted a ban on contact with her breaches his human rights.

The hand-written letter, which is the first time Forrest has made contact with anyone outside of his family, read, “The reason why contact is so vital to us is because of the support and stability our relationship gives our lives.

“She is the most remarkable person I have ever met and the strength she continues to show is nothing short of amazing. I will not abandon her.”

The former maths teacher was jailed for five-and-a-half years at Lewes Crown Court last year for child abduction and sexual activity with a child.

In Forrest’s letter, he also claims the only reason he agreed to face sex charges was on the condition he was allowed contact with the schoolgirl.

However, this has not materialised and social services have banned the pair from making contact.

Despite the enforced ban, the schoolgirl has sent a number of letters to Forrest, in which it is claimed she expresses a desire to be with him once he is released from jail.

Forrest was banned from reading the notes by prison bosses at Ashfield Prison in Bristol and, after making a complaint earlier this week and in a bid to keep the pair apart, he has been moved to HMP Dartmoor in Devon 120 miles away.

Forrest was arrested in Bordeaux after running away with the pupil in 2012.

 
 
 

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