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Married teacher, 35, accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy in a field


A student sent a naked picture of his married teacher to friends "laughing", a court heard that fueled rumors that she was sleeping with him when the headmaster claimed the student was "upset and trembling" when he was alleged revealed affair.

The 35-year-old Kandice Barber is accused of having sex with the then 15-year-old boy three times in a field, in a wooded area and in her four-by-four car at the end of 2018 and to send pictures of herself topless to him on Snapchat.

Aylesbury Crown Court heard that Barber was a cover supervisor at the school and was subject to the same rules as faculty not to contact students outside of school without permission from the headmaster.

On the fourth day of today's barber trial, a jury of seven women and five men at Aylesbury Crown Court heard testimonies from more of the boy's friends and the headmaster.

The teacher is accused of engaging in illegal sexual activities with a 15 year old boy

Kandice Barber (right) arrives at Aylesbury Crown Court in Buckinghamshire (left) where she is accused of engaging in illegal sexual activities with a 15 year old boy

Nicholas Simms, principal at Princes Risborough Secondary School in Buckingham, took the stand and said the applicant had come to his office for the second time on March 11.

The first was on January 24th after Mr. Simms heard from a teacher who heard a student speak of the rumors, even though the court heard the boy deny the gossip at the time.

Mr. Simms, who was sharply dressed, continued reading a letter he received from Barber after the first meeting that read: “Dear Mr. Simms, I am writing to confirm that the rumors are totally false.

“Being married and having kids in school was sick and angry. School means so much to me. & # 39;

The teenager was then asked back to the office in March to write a statement denying the rumors and spent two to four minutes on it before returning to see Mr Simms. "My friends told me to tell you the truth," he said when he returned.

A jury heard the boy claiming sexual activity with Barber.

"He was visibly upset, his hands were shaking and it was a long time before he explained himself," Simms told the jury.

The school principal said he received advice from the local security officer (LADO) to call the police who arrested the defendant at the school the next morning on March 12.

Defense attorney Nadia Chbat, who interrogated Mr Simms, said: 'You have never had a conversation with Miss Barber on the subject. The only conversation you had with her about it was on January 24th. & # 39;

Prosecutors told a jury how Barber (above) suggested she might be pregnant with the boy's child, which kept him calm about the matter as he didn't want his child to be born in prison

Prosecutors told a jury how Barber (above) suggested she might be pregnant with the boy's child, which kept him calm about the matter as he didn't want his child to be born in prison

The jury heard excerpts from the school's official guidelines for staff behavior towards students. It was specifically stated, "The staff should never attempt to contact a student outside of school."

A police interview of a close friend of the applicant's was shown to the jury this morning in which the boy said: “I am one hundred percent sure that it happened once. They met after that, but I'm not sure they did it again after that, ”he said. He said it did not happen in any of the alleged lovers' homes.

He sometimes talked about her as if she were a normal girl. Another part was that it was a little unusual because she was actually a teacher.

& # 39; He felt a bit guilty that she was obviously married. She told him she thought she was pregnant. I would say he felt a little bad the way he talked about it. & # 39;

The boy said he had known the applicant since he was four years old and was "funny, very sporty, nice, mature".

"I told him" if found out he could get into trouble. If you're feeling bad, you should probably leave anyway. & # 39;

Later, on cross-examination with defense attorney Nadia Chbat, the boy said he had told his close friend not to tell anyone else. “This is how it will come out when you tell other people about it.

"I think it stopped because he felt bad and people found out. I don't know how it got so widespread," said the first witness.

The court heard that one of the applicant's friends had shown a photo of the defendant to his older brother, who had shared it with his own friends from school. "I thought it was a bit of a laugh," said the witness, who was anonymous for legal reasons.

One of the friends had been hired as an employee at the same school and reported the photo to Mr Simms, who had started the March investigation.

Ms. Chbat said to several of the boy's witnesses: “You never saw the applicant with Miss Barber outside of school. You never saw him have sex with her. You never saw him kiss Miss Barber. It's all he told you. & # 39;

Prosecutor Richard Milne read a statement from another school friend of the applicant, a girl who sat in front of him, and his friend in English class, which said: “They were talking. I wanted to know what they were talking about. He said he couldn't tell as it was bad and he would get into trouble.

Pictured is Princes Risborough School in Buckinghamshire, where Barber taught

Pictured is Princes Risborough School in Buckinghamshire, where Barber taught

"I remember him saying to me," I could be banned from school. “I don't know why I felt I was coming to a conclusion, but I said to him,“ Have you slept with a teacher? ”He didn't answer, but he started showing his friend something on his cell phone.

I asked for a look and was shocked at what I saw. He showed a video on his cell phone of a woman whose face I couldn't see, but I could see she was out of clothes. At that time there were a lot of rumors about Miss Barber in the school. «

Mr Simms said the boy told him he lied about the matter in January 2019 because Barber told him she was pregnant with his child.

It was alleged that the boy hacked into his teacher's Snapchat account and shared photos of Barber

It was alleged that the boy hacked into his teacher's Snapchat account and shared photos of Barber

Describing the boy's behavior, Mr Simms said, “He was angry and shaking, he wasn't crying, but his hands were shaking. It took him a long time to explain himself. & # 39;

Mr Simms said he contacted the police after speaking to more students and that Barber was arrested on March 12.

The court had previously heard that the boy had changed Barber's name to "Charles" on Snapchat and that screenshots of some of the conversations were taken as evidence of the affair.

When he was videolinking evidence, he said Barber threatened him that if he told anyone about the affair she would "bring me down with her."

He denied being "obsessed" with Barber when questioned by defense attorney Nadia Chbat, who asked if he had sent her a message: "If you don't speak to me, see what happens, you lose Your job and your family. " . & # 39;

He replied in court: "No, I never said that."

Wendover Barber denies three cases where a child under the age of 16 is induced or induced to engage in sexual activity, a case of sexual communication with a child, a case in which a child is induced or induced to engage in sexual activity in a position of trust, and a count of getting a child to observe a sexual act by a person in a trusting position.

Mr. Milne explained the position of the trust defendant on day one of the trial: “In this jurisdiction, England and Wales, teachers are not allowed to have sexual relations with students and this has nothing to do with the age of consent. It's because they're in a position of trust, be it male or female.

"The law does not allow sexual activity between a teacher and a child under the age of 18, even if the relationships are friendly."

The process will continue on Monday.

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