Married teacher, 35, 'romped with schoolboy in field then threatened to "bring him down" if he told anyone'

A MARRIED teacher romped with a pupil in a field, then threatened to "bring him down" if he reported her, a court heard today.

Kandice Barber, 35, is accused of having sex with the boy when he was aged under 16.

Jurors were today told she has previously been convicted of sending the same lad a topless picture of herself and explicit messages.

The court in Buckinghamshire heard Barber had taken the boy's phone number at a school sports day prize-giving event, but disguised it under a pseudonym before she started messaging him.

Richard Milne, prosecuting, said: "The messages began to get sexual. She asked him to meet up with her out of school, somewhere private.

"He suggested some fields that he knew nearby, this was about 5pm or 6pm in the evening.

“He thought she wanted to go somewhere private because she might be concerned that they might be seen together and that they were teacher and schoolboy.

"She asked him if he wanted to have sex.  He said yes and they proceeded to have sex for about five minutes. This was done with her back to him, her bending forward.

“He pulled down her leggings and lifted her red coat."

Amersham Law Courts was told it had to determine whether Barber had engaged in two sex acts with the boy and also had full sex with him.

The jury heard how Barber sent topless photographs and a video of her performing a sex act on herself.

The court was told the defendant texted the boy while teaching him in class, including one read out to jurors which said: "You cannot make me blush when I am teaching now, poker face."

The jury heard that rumours began to swirl around the school where Barber taught and the boy was interviewed by his headmaster, although he denied everything.

Barber had encouraged the boy to delete messages which were stored on his phone allegedly from her, although he had taken photographs of some.

In one message the boy claimed Barber had threatened to "bring him down" if he told anyone about their relationship, which he took to mean that she would accuse him of rape.

Mr Milne said: "Kandice Barber, an adult, was having sex with a child under the age of 16 and it makes not a jot of difference to the law, the fact that she was a she and he was a he.

“The law applies equally to men and to women and that is what this case is all about.

"She may well accept that a friend request was sent by the boy because of a problem that he had and it was him pursuing her in an unhealthy manner and that he threatened to tell a teacher that there was something going on between them but it was all a fantasy in his mind."

Barber, of Wendover, Bucks., denies three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between September 27 2018 and October 20 2018.

Trial continues.

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