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Abducted Schoolgirl Insists She Loves Jailed Teacher Jeremy Forrest

14/08/2014 16:51 | Updated 22 May 2015

Abducted schoolgirl insists she loves jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest

The schoolgirl abducted at 15 by her married teacher Jeremy Forrest, 30, claims she encouraged him - and she wants to start a family with him once he is freed from prison.

Speaking to The Sun, the teenager said: "He's not a paedophile. If anything it was me who groomed him....I love Jeremy so much and will wait for him, I don't want anyone else, I'm not interested."

In the interview she tells how the maths teacher seduced his pupil at the marital home while his wife Emily, 32, was away. The girl admits she was terrified his wife would walk in and find her uniform.

Earlier this month Forrest was found guilty of child abduction and sex with a child and jailed for five and a half years at Lewes Crown Court, East Sussex.

In the interview the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says they swapped texts and love notes at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex before she went to his house one week after her 15th birthday.

The girl, now 16, plans to start a family with Forrest after his release. She said: "I want to spend the rest of my life with him and maybe once he's out, we can marry and have children together."

The teenager said: "There's a lot of things we need to talk about. We haven't spoken in nine months. I really want to see him."

Jailing Forrest at Lewes Crown Court, Judge Michael Lawson said he had "ignored the cardinal rule of teaching" in never even attempting to maintain proper boundaries between himself and a pupil. By taking the girl to France for eight days on the run he subjected her family to "appalling distress".

After the case the girl's mother said the last nine months had been 'her worst nightmare'.

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