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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

Teacher Jeremy Forrest is the focus of a Channel 4 documentary.

Teacher Jeremy Forrest is the focus of a Channel 4 documentary.

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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.


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