Teacher who romped with boy threatened to ‘bring him down’ in chilling texts

A married teacher who had "doggy style" sex with a 15-year-old pupil threatened to "bring him down" if he spoke out about their relationship.

A retrial has found Kandice Barber, 35, guilty of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity which could land her five years in jail.

Amersham Law Courts heard Barber approached the boy at a sports presentation in September 2018, where she took his phone to add herself to his Snapchat.

Prosecutor Richard Milne said the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, thought her taking his phone was "a bit weird".

Mr Milne added that Barber warned the boy she would "bring him down with her" if he "snitched" by making a false allegation of rape.

Left feeling "worried and scared" at the threat and pressure to keep it a secret, the court heard Barber told him "he should deny everything and should delete all the messages".

Jurors took 10 hours and 39 minutes to reach their verdicts given on Thursday of the charges put to the teacher from Wendover, Buckinghamshire.

Barber was found not guilty of two further counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

She had sent topless pictures of herself to the boy while she was working as a school cover supervisor.

Prosecutor Richard Milne told Recorder Bal Dhaliwal that the starting point for sentencing should be five years in jail as there was "an abuse of trust, a significant degree of planning, there is grooming behaviour used against the victim", plus threats and sexual images were sent.

The "significant" disparity in age between Barber and the boy may also be a factor in helping the judge decide the length of the sentence, which could range from four to 10 years, he added.

Barber was convicted in September of sending the boy topless pictures of herself on Snapchat between September and October 2018, but was acquitted of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust.

Mr Milne told the jury: "They engaged in sexual intercourse at the time he was 15 years of age and she was a teacher and he was a pupil at the school.

"It makes not a jot of difference that he was a he – the law applies equally to men and women.

"In law he could not give consent to have sexual intercourse."

Sentencing will take place at Aylesbury Crown Court on February 15.

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