Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil. Following extradition to Britain, Forrest was charged by Sussex Police on October 10 with abducting a child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire A teenage girl told a court today how a crush on her maths teacher led to secret sex sessions by the time she was 15 and the pair running away to France together.
Without sleep for 24 hours they arrived by train in Bordeaux and checked into a hotel."We tried to lay low but our money started to run out.In September, convinced the police were on their trail, Forrest booked ferry tickets and drove the girl to Dover.He stole his wife’s passport for the girl to use and they created new identities - he called himself Jack Dean, possibly as a “nod” to 50s rebel film star James Dean, said Mr Barton, and she used a name based on her favourite singer Lana del Rey.Forrest was extradited back to the UK and has now pleaded not guilty to child abduction.Mr Barton told the court that the fact that the girl had gone willingly with Forrest was not a legitimate defence in law.He wiped tears from his eyes with a paper tissue as it was played.
On the screen, the 15-year-old said: "I had a crush on him, I found him really attractive.There were not many places we could go without being seen so a a few times we went to his house."Rumours started and the school warned us a a little bit but didn't start an investigation."In the summer holidays we started a sexual relationship which has been on until now."When they went back to school in September the police moved in and when she had to hand over her phone she "panicked".That night she packed a a bag and rang Forrest the following day. She made excuses to her friends and told her mother she was going for a sleepover.We tried to get a job and made fake CVs and a a French phone," she said."We didn't want to be recognised and I dyed my hair and Jeremy dyed his hair."Things were pretty normal and we didn't pay attention to the news - if it came on the TV we switched it off and didn't see the newspaper or what was going on and people we were aware we were missing."But on the way to a job interview they were intercepted by French police."We were separated nd I was brought back to England," she said.I had had boyfriends but he was older and more mature.""But nothing happened until a year and a a half later."She said they had held hands on a long flight back from a school trip to Los Angeles "but in an innocent way".