A paedophile teacher who abducted a 15-year-old schoolgirl and fled to France has been fired from his new job at a Kent bakery after his employers learned about his ‘sensitive history’.
Jeremy Forrest, 40, spent three years in prison for abducting and having sex with a fifteen-year-old student he took to France in September 2012. He was apprehended after eight days and jailed the following year.
It has since emerged that the Aberdeen-born former maths teacher took up a job as a head baker at a boulangerie after leaving Ashfield prison, where he had worked as a cook during his time behind bars.
He was photographed leaving his job at Gilda Bakery wearing a baker’s outfit earlier this week, and video of the ex-convict making ciabatta bread from scratch had been shared on social media by the business.
Now the artisan bakery in Canterbury has announced that it has terminated his employment ‘with immediate effect’, adding that the revelations came ‘as a shock’ to the ‘close-knit team’.
Jeremy Forrest was photographed with Primark bag and in a baker’s uniform in Kent earlier this week
It has emerged that the former maths teacher is now working as a head baker at an artisan bakery and fronting a rock band
The artisan bakery in Canterbury has announced that it has terminated his employment ‘with immediate effect’
Forrest, who goes by the name Jeremy Buonocore, fronted a rock band and has reportedly remarried
Forrest, who goes by the name Jeremy Buonocore, also fronted a rock band and has remarried, according to a report in The Sun.
Gilda Bakery’s founder and director, Jon Warren, shared a statement on social media which said the company had become aware of ‘news recently published in the press regarding one of our staff members’.
‘Since learning of the sensitive nature of this employee’s history, it was mutually agreed that it was in the best interest of Gilda that his employment was terminated with immediate effect,’ it went on.
Forrest previously had a brief biography on the bakery’s website, which does not mention his teaching career or time in prison, but said that he spent most of his working life at his family bakery.
It also says he moved to Kent, having previously lived in London.
The biography, which features a picture of him in the kitchen, said: ‘He is proudly a 5th generation baker, learning everything he knows from the experienced bakers that have passed down their tried and tested methods.’
Forrest was promoted to head baker in May 2022 as a result of his ‘extraordinary passion for sourdough, hard work and commitment.’
‘He never stops learning about the process, care and attention that goes into making the perfect loaf.’
‘Jeremy loves his dogs and a sing-song – he plays guitar and lead vocals in a band that regularly does gigs!’
The biography now appears to have been removed.
It has also emerged that the paedophile teacher who abducted a teenager sang love songs which included the chilling lyrics ‘girl, I’d do it all again’ and ‘I was afraid someone would catch us’.
Resurfaced videos uploaded online in the year of the abduction, 2012, reveal sickening lyrics sung by Forrest.
In one song posted on YouTube on 5 October 2012 – just days after he was apprehended – he says: ‘Sitting on the plane we were miles away from the things you hate but girl I’d do it all again.
‘I’d hold your hand, cut off your friends, don’t think that I wont.’
Jeremy Forrest in a video uploaded on YouTube in October 2012 singing ‘Better Company’
Forrest was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court in Lewes, East Sussex, of abducting a 15-year-old girl who he took to France when their sexual affair was about to be exposed
The song, which is called ‘Better Company’ and which he is said to have written by himself, also includes the lines: ‘Disapproving stare when I’m grumpy but you’re fine. Don’t mean to make you angry, I try to make it right. I wanna make you smile sometimes.’
In another song, ‘Arrows and Hearts,’ posted on Youtube on October 1, 2012, Forrest sings: ‘I was afraid someone would catch us.’
It continues: ‘I was afraid someone would catch me, my hands round your neck, your face turned blue.’
The video of Forrest accompanying the acoustic song is a compilation of still images of him – including him playing the guitar, performing on stage, drinking beer, eating in a restaurant and posing for portraits.
Forrest abandoned his then wife when he fled to France with a student, sparking an international manhunt until they were apprehended eight days later.
Forrest was arrested after being been recognised by a barman in Bordeaux to whom he had handed his CV with a photograph on.
He was convicted at Lewes Crown Court of child abduction and given five counts of sexual activity with a child. He signed the sex offenders register for life.
The Sun claimed that he now lived in a £500,000 three-bed home in Kent.