A married teacher had love with a 15-year-old boy in a field and sent him topless pictures of herself on Snapchat which were then circulated around the school, a court heard today.
Kandice Barber, 35, also told the boy she might be pregnant with his baby after sleeping with him following a sports awards evening at a secondary school in Buckinghamshire. Barber, who told officer her account must have been hacked, has denied a series of charges involving the boy and including breaching a position of trust.
Her headmaster was said to have found out about her love with the boy after a topless picture of her was circulated around the secondary school.
Aylesbury Crown Court was told Barber approached the boy at a school sports awards day and added him on Snapchat. Prosecutors claimed the teacher, then 33, had then picked up the youngster in her car and driven him to a secluded area where she had it with him.
Jurors heard how the teacher, who had school-age children of her own, had later met up with the boy for two other illicit trysts and sent him pictures of herself topless, which were then widely shared around the school.Richard Milne, prosecuting, said: ‘This case is about an adult teacher having physical relations with a pupil at the school where she taught. ‘It all started at a sports evening on September 27, 2018 when she came over to him and asked to borrow his phone.
‘She had possession of his phone, she put her details into his Snapchat account. Things developed on her part by her sending him messages. She would tell him she was having a bath or a shower and then ask him if he wanted to meet. ‘She had driven over, he got into her car, she asked for somewhere private, he suggested some fields. It was 5pm in the evening on a school day.’ The court was told that Barber had love with the boy and then later sent him topless pictures of herself, which were shown to the jury.
By the start of last year, the headmaster at her school came into possession of one of the topless pictures, which were circulating along with rumours of the affair. Mr Milne added: ‘He (the sufferer) was not proud of what happened, he was not showing off, it was not some sort of fantasy. He was extremely concerned and nervous when the rumours were going around. ‘He knows that they did not have it after his 16th birthday because she had proposed a hotel as a special treat for his 16th birthday, which he politely declined.’
In a video interview with officer given on March 11 last year, the boy claimed the two had continued messaging for months after he turned 16 years old, only stopping because the school staff found out.
The complainant added that when called in to speak to his headmaster, he had initially denied it. Speaking to a member of the child misuse team at Aylesbury station, the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: ‘I lied because she had told me she could be pregnant with my child.
I lied to pretty much everyone except my friends. ‘She said that if I was going to snitch, snake on her basically, she was going to bring me down with her. She was like, dot dot dot. Obviously I got angry and I did not talk to her after that.’ Barber was in custody on March 12 last year and during the interview she produced a prepared statement where she denied having it with the boy, claimed her pregnancy was widely known around the school – although she later lost the baby – and the father was her husband.
A social worker attended Barber’s home the following day and assessed her but during the visit Barber accepted having sent a picture to the boy, the jury heard. Mr Milne told the jury: ‘Mrs Barber told the social worker that she had started to talk to the boy in September 2018 on Snapchat. He had befriended her first. She denied having it with the boy but did admit sending the boy a picture of herself topless.
‘She said that she was going through a bad patch with her husband, that she was pregnant but lost the child, they wanted another but it was not happening. ‘Things were strained between her and her husband. The boy had paid her attention and she had let her guard down and started to talk to him.’ The court heard how the social worker had visited Barber again and the defendant had asked that what she had said not be included in any official reporting, adding she would deny having said it.
Mr Milne: ‘The defence is likely to be that she, the defendant, did not engage in any relationship with the complainant. In other words, it is simply made up. ‘Although it may well be accepted that she, in social media terms, accepted a friend request sent by the complainant to help him out with a problem that he was having with one of his friends, it was he who kept on calling her and pursuing her in what may be described as an unhealthy manner to tell a teacher that something was going on.’
Barber, of Wendover, denied three counts of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 years to engage in a act, one count of communication with a child, one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in activities while in a position of trust and one count of causing a child to watch a act by a person in a position of trust.
Explaining the position of trust charges, Mr Milne said: ‘In this jurisdiction, England and Wales, teachers are not permitted to have relations with pupils and it is not to do with the age of consent, it is because they are in a position of trust, be they male or female. ‘The law does not permit, indeed criminalises, any activity between a teacher and a child under the age of 18 years, even if they were consensual relations.’
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