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Teacher ‘sent top­less snaps after sex with boy pupil, 15’

Baby scare for mar­ried mum after tryst in field, court told

- By Ge­orge Odling Crime Re­porter

‘Book ho­tel room as birth­day treat’

A MAR­RIED school teacher had sex with a 15-year-old boy in a field and sent him top­less pho­tos of her­self – which were then cir­cu­lated around the school, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Kandice Bar­ber, 35, also al­legedly told the boy she might be preg­nant with his child fol­low­ing a post-sports day en­counter.

Bar­ber denies hav­ing sex with the boy and told po­lice her phone must have been hacked.

Pros­e­cu­tor Richard Milne told Ayles­bury Crown Court that Bar­ber had ap­proached the boy her­self in Septem­ber 2018, dur­ing sports day at the sec­ondary school in Buck­ing­hamshire.

He said she took his phone and added her num­ber to his ac­count on Snapchat – a mes­sag­ing app – be­fore later pick­ing him up in her car and driv­ing him to a se­cluded area for sex. Mr Milne said: ‘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 heard Bar­ber had sex with the boy and later sent him top­less pic­tures of her­self, which were shown to the jury yes­ter­day.

The im­ages were sent around the school and even­tu­ally came into pos­ses­sion of the head­mas­ter.

Mr Milne added that Bar­ber even of­fered to book a ho­tel room as a treat for the boy’s 16th birth­day.

He said: ‘He [the vic­tim] 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 sex after his 16th birth­day be­cause she had pro­posed a ho­tel... which he po­litely de­clined.’

The pair con­tin­ued mes­sag­ing for months and only stopped the af­fair when school staff found out, the boy told po­lice in March last year. When he ini­tially spoke to his head­mas­ter about the re­la­tion­ship, he had de­nied sleep­ing with the teacher be­cause he feared she would ac­cuse him of rape, he said.

‘I lied be­cause she had told me she could be preg­nant with my child and I be­gan to panic. I lied to pretty much ev­ery­one ex­cept my friends,’ the boy told a mem­ber of the child abuse team at Ayles­bury po­lice sta­tion.

‘She said that if I was go­ing to snitch... she was go­ing to bring me down with her. I was like, are you go­ing to ac­cuse me of rape? She was like, “dot dot dot”. Ob­vi­ously I got an­gry and I did not talk to her after that.’

Bar­ber was ar­rested in March last year and de­nied hav­ing sex with the boy, although the fol­low­ing day she ad­mit­ted send­ing him the top­less pho­tos dur­ing an as­sess­ment with a so­cial worker.

She claimed her preg­nancy was widely known around the school, but said her hus­band had been the fa­ther of the child – she later lost the baby.

Mr Milne said: ‘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.’

Bar­ber, of Wen­dover, Buck­ing­hamshire, denies three counts of caus­ing or in­cit­ing a child un­der 16 to en­gage in a sex­ual act, one count of sex­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion with a child, one count of caus­ing or in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties while in a po­si­tion of trust and one count of caus­ing a child to watch a sex­ual act by a per­son in a po­si­tion of trust. The trial con­tin­ues.

 ??  ?? Denies charges: Kandice Bar­ber
Denies charges: Kandice Bar­ber

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