Woman arrested in Jeremy Forrest inquiry

Jeremy Forrest in handcuffs
Image caption Jeremy Forrest was jailed for five and a half years on 21 June

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested by police investigating a teacher jailed for abducting and having sex with a 15-year-old pupil.

The woman, from Hertfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Jeremy Forrest case.

Sussex Police said she was arrested on Tuesday and released on bail.

The force was investigating whether Forrest contacted the schoolgirl to get her to change her story in court.

Forrest, 30, who taught at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, was jailed for five-and-a-half years on 21 June.

'Received assistance'

He was convicted of child abduction and pleaded guilty to five charges of sexual activity with a child

During his trial, Judge Michael Lawson QC told Forrest, from Petts Wood, south London he had ignored the cardinal rule of teaching.

Lewes Crown Court heard Forrest groomed the pupil, now aged 16, who cannot be named.

The pair fled to France when it became likely their relationship would be exposed, the jury was told.

The judge questioned the evidence given by the girl in court as it varied from her original police interviews, saying: "She had clearly received assistance in relation to what she should say."

Sussex Police said after Forrest was sentenced they were investigating whether he indirectly contacted the schoolgirl to get her to change her story.

The woman arrested in Hertfordshire has been bailed until 30 July.

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