Teacher Jeremy Forrest plans to marry the schoolgirl he abducted and, somewhat amazingly, her father said he would be “proud” to walk her down the aisle. Forrest was jailed by Lewes Crown Court at Lewes, East Sussex, England after he was convicted of five charges of sexual activity with a child
The girl, who Forrest abducted when she was 15 years-old and took to France, has written to Forrest’s parents to say that she loves their son and plans to visit him in prison.
The 30 year-old Forrest is planning to marry the schoolgirl he loves, according to his 33 year-old sister who talked to the Mail On Sunday a British newspaper. Hanspaul said that Forrest told his parents during a prison visit that, “I love her and we want to get married.”
The girl has already spoken of her determination to continue her relationship with Forrest and her father told The Sun Sunday that he approved of her plans to see him in prison, saying he would like to visit the 30 year-old ex-teacher as well.
The teenage girl’s father spoke to the newspaper and said, “My daughter had a very unsettled family life when she was growing up. It would be a dream for her to settle down and marry the man she loves. She would want to do it all properly. I’d be proud to walk my daughter down the aisle with the man she loves. I honestly believe he loves my daughter and she’s besotted with him. She has made it clear she wants a future with him.
The young girls father continued, “Hopefully with good behaviour he may be freed on parole after a few years. If they have a future together that’s fine by me and they would have my blessing. I should hate him for what he’s done but I don’t – in fact, I’d like to meet him. I’d like to visit him in prison, shake his hand and say, ‘Thanks for looking after my daughter’. I would be nice to him.”
The Mail On Sunday did not relay just how long the ex-Teacher Jeremy Forrest would be in prison for the five charges of sexual relations with a child. But it is apparent that however long he has to wait, he still plans to marry the schoolgirl he abducted.
Forrest’s sister, Ms Hanspaul said her brother had been “vulnerable” at the time of his offences, and she went on to describe him as being immature and someone who “hadn’t fully grown up yet.” She went on to say that it was as if he was still in his “early 20s rather than 30.”
The 33 year-old Hanspaul said she felt protective towards the girl, and that she had comforted her in the moments after the jury returned the guilty verdict in court last week, according to the Mail On Sunday. She also said that personally didn’t see the 15 year age difference and relationship between her brother and the girl as “predatory or grooming.”
She went on to say that her brother Forrest had told their father he is happier now than he has been for a long time.
The teenager he abducted and plans to marry has written a letter to Forrest’s parents. In it she says that she is sorry for “any upset I have caused” and makes it clear that her feelings for him cannot be changed, the Mail On Sunday said.
In the five-page letter, she wrote, “I can’t emphasise enough how everything I feel towards Jeremy is – more than anything – serious… he is wonderful… Obviously I now and will continue in the future to stand by him. I do believe that some things are worth fighting for. For now, though, I’m going to concentrate on working hard to get the future both me and Jeremy want and I’m preparing for college.”
In the United Kingdom, children become adults at age 16 when they leave High School in the terms of sexual relations. Had the teacher waited until she was 16 years-old, he would not have had to abduct the schoolgirl he plans to marry.
By Michael Smith