The family of Jeremy Forrest have today said there had been a ‘failure to act on early warnings’ that the maths teacher was having a relationship with one of his pupils.
The 30-year-old married Bishop Bell teacher from Ringmer was found guilty by a jury of eight men and four women after around two hours of deliberations yesterday afternoon.
Today (June 21), he pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child and was sentenced to five-and-a-half years for all six offences.
Following the sentence, after an eight-day trial on the child abduction matter, Forrest’s mother and sister stood with defence solicitors on the steps of Lewes Crown Court.
A statement was read out to the waiting television camera crews and press, which have put the town in the spotlight over the last two weeks.
The statement said, “We would like to thank Jeremy’s solicitor Phil Smith and his entire legal team for all their support and work.
“This is a sorry episode for all concerned and Jeremy is very sorry for his actions.
“Despite the verdict and today’s sentence there are many factors in this case which need to be examined and addressed, including the failure to properly act on early warnings.
“We sincerely hope that these are sensibly looked into and not simply swept under the carpet.”