Teacher and girl fled after quiz
A married teacher fled to France with a 15-year-old pupil who had a crush on him the day after police questioned her about their sexual relationship, a court has heard.
The pair had sex at Jeremy Forrest's marital home while his wife was away and in hotels while the girl told her mother she was staying with friends, jurors were told.
Fearing they were about to be exposed, 30-year-old Forrest booked them on a cross-Channel ferry to Calais before spending seven days on the run, it is alleged.
Jurors heard that their relationship could not be compared to Romeo and Juliet but amounted to Forrest committing a "gross and long-term breach of trust".
Lewes Crown Court heard that keen musician Forrest taught maths at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and that his marriage to wife Emily was strained.
On the run in France, he and the girl dyed their hair to try to avoid detection, Forrest set up a French email account and bought a French mobile phone, and bogus CVs were drafted in an internet cafe to help land them work, the court heard.
Prosecutor Richard Barton said Forrest used the alias Jack Dean and the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave herself a bogus name on the false CVs.
But an English bar owner to whom Forrest had applied for work recognised the pair from media reports, leading eventually to them being caught in the south-western port city of Bordeaux on September 28 last year.
The girl spoke of how she "panicked" when she realised police and other authorities had been made aware of their relationship, the court heard. In a videoed police interview played in court from October 3 last year, she said: "I wanted to leave because I didn't want to face my mum when she found out."
Scots-born Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, Kent, denies child abduction.