In June 2013, teacher Jeremy Forrest, who absconded with his fifteen year old pupil to France, was sentenced to five and half years in jail.
As a teacher Jeremy Forrest is a disgrace and should never teach teenagers again: as an adult man he should have said no to the relationship. He didn’t and it happened.
Yet the state did much worse. To Forrest it branded him a paedophile, which he is not, and incarcerated him for a period more suited to a rapist. To the girl it took away her partner (now she is of marriageable age), forced her into anonymity and told her that everything she thought and felt was false and valueless.
The media coverage, the English legal system and the so-called child welfare agencies are a disgrace.