Channel 4 show Sexting Teacher set to focus on Petts Wood teacher Jeremy Forrest
PUBLISHED: 11:11 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:11 14 February 2014
PA Wire/Press Association Images
A Channel 4 documentary will reconstruct the relationship between Petts Wood teacher, Jeremy Forrest, and the teenage pupil he fled to France with next week.
Sexting Teacher is a three part series looking at teacher-pupil relationships in the age of social media, with the first episode focusing on Forrest and the 15-year-old set to air on Tuesday night.
Forrest was jailed for five-and-a-half years for child abduction and five charges of sexual activity with a child in June last year.
His actions attracted worldwide attention after he abducted the girl, who he taught at Bishop Bell C of E School, in Eastbourne, and escaped to France - where they spent seven days on the run.
Evidence of an inappropriate relationship between Forrest and the girl first surfaced during a school trip to the United States in February 2012.
But the 31-year-old has vowed not to abandon the schoolgirl, describing his time away from the girl, now 16, as “torture” in a recent letter sent to the Daily Express.
He said: “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.”
Sexting Teacher airs at 8pm on Channel 4 on Tuesday.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bromley Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.