Jeremy Forrest has today been sentenced for child abduction and five counts of sexual activity with a child. He was yesterday found guilty of child abduction and pleaded guilty to the five counts today at Lewes Crown Court.
Please see our previous blog entitled 'Our Child Abuse Lawyers discuss the Court appearance of teacher Jeremy Forrest' for further information on the case.
During the trial the court heard how members of staff at the school were warned of the teacher’s inappropriate relationship with the schoolgirl. Some members of staff warned Forrest of the dangers of his close relationship with the schoolgirl. Unfortunately, the school did not act when the rumours surfaced and failed to report suspicions of the relationship to the police or child services. The Guardian have reported that The Local Safeguarding Children Board have now begun a serious case review into the actions of Bishop Bell School in Eastbourne, which has faced three
cases linked to child sex abuse in the past four years. Canon Gordon Rideout, who was recently convicted of 34 counts of indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape, was the Chairman of Governors at the School. It has emerged that the school allowed him to continue in his post for over a year following allegations against him from the 1960s and 1970s. Slater & Gordon currently act for a number of Rideout’s victims.
We encourage the review into the School; it is vital that vulnerable school children are adequately protected and preventative action is taken quickly. We currently act on a number of cases where mandatory reporting may have prevented a child from being abused. We urge the government to take action on this matter to ensure any suspicions are reported to the relevant authorities earlier.
Should you wish to discuss any of the issues raised in this article please contact a Child Abuse Lawyer in our specialist abuse team on 020 7657 1658/1502/1653 who will be able to provide confidential advice with no obligations.
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