UPDATE: Married teacher, 35, is found guilty of having outdoor sex with her 15-year-old pupil after adding him on Snapchat and sending him flirty messages - as husband holds her hand and brands verdict a 'joke'

  • Kandice Barber pursued the pupil after spying him at a school sports day
  • She entered her Snapchat details into her phone and sent topless photos
  • Had sex in field after school behind the back of delivery worker husband
  • Second time Barber has been on trial after first was unable to reach verdicts
The school teacher, 35, who had sex with a pupil of 15 has been convicted by a British court.

In the news report by DailyMail news today, 28th of January, 2021, it says that the married teacher faces up to five years in jail after being found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old pupil she spotted at a school sports day and added on Snapchat to send flirty texts - as her husband held her hand and called the verdict a 'joke'.

Kandice Barber, 35, was found to have taken the underage boy to a field, kissed him on the neck next to a bale of hay and whispered, 'What do you want to do now?' before having full intercourse with him. 

The mother-of-three's lawyer had claimed she was too short at just 5ft tall to have sex with the boy standing up as the teacher lied that her packed calendar meant she was 'too busy' to have slept with him. 

She had bombarded him with messages including one where she asked him 'Do you like boobs or bum?', and sent him a photo of herself on a bed surrounded by sex toys.

But Barber - who has now been bailed prior to sentencing - was found out after a topless pictures she had sent her victim was circulated around so much it ended up being passed to the head teacher of their school. 

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

Today, the supply teacher, of Wendover, Bucks, was found guilty of one count of causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, as the judge warned her 'custody is inevitable'. She was found not guilty of two further counts of the same charge. 

Barber showed no emotion when the verdicts were announced following 10 hours and 39 minutes of jury deliberation, staring blankly across the courtroom. 

Her delivery worker husband, Daniel, who was watching proceedings remotely in a side room, fumed after the guilty verdict: 'It's a joke.' When Barber emerged at the court entrance he gripped her hand the moment he saw her. 

The two then walked hand in hand to a court office where the judge ordered them to wait until a date is set for her sentencing on Friday or next Monday. 
     
Nadia Chbatt, Barber's barrister, was carrying out a different professional commitment today, and the judge gave the teacher bail and let her walk free from court before her sentencing.

The judge told Barber: 'I am not going to proceed to sentence immediately. I totally accept that you should have Ms Chbatt, who was your trial counsel, present.

'I am going to bail you until the next occasion that will either be tomorrow morning or indeed Monday morning and you must attend Aylesbury Crown Court. 

'If you fail to attend you will commit a second offence of failure to surrender and what follows from that is that the police can then arrest you and bring you by force.'

The mother-of-three arrived alone at court today in her grey Toyota car, which featured a leopard print steering wheel and a red love heart dangling from the rear-view mirror. Her husband arrived later. 

Earlier the court heard how Barber, a supply teacher at the Princes Risborough School in Buckinghamshire, had approached her victim at a sports day event when she added him as a 'friend' on social media.

She then started texting the boy - said to be 'obsessed' with her - and would tell him when she was 'hopping into the shower' or 'taking a bath'.

By then Barber had arranged to meet him and had sex with him behind the back of her devoted delivery firm worker husband Daniel. 

In court she had lied her busy schedule on that day meant it would have been impossible.

She also told the boy she would 'bring him down with her' if the relationship was discovered, and that she was pregnant with his child, the court heard.
 
In a previous trial in September last year at Aylesbury, Barber was convicted by a majority verdict of 10 to two of sexual communication with a child between Sep 27, 2018, and October 20, 2018, relating to topless pictures she sent to the same victim.

She was also convicted by the same majority verdict of causing a child to watch a sexual act by a person in a position of trust, from October 20, 2018, to January 31, 2019, where she sent the victim a video of herself performing a sex act while surrounded by sex toys at a time when the victim was aged 16 years.
 
Barber had been acquitted of one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust during the same dates. 

Jurors at Aylesbury Crown Court heard previously how the teacher, who has 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 Princes Risborough School.
 
Richard Milne, opening the case for the prosecution, said: '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 and she put her details into his Snapchat account. He thought it was a bit weird.

'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.' 

The court was told that Barber had sex 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 the Princes Risborough School had come into possession of one of the topless pictures, which were circulating along with rumours of the affair.

Evidence given by other children at the school was that Barber had sent text messages to the boy asking, 'do you like boobs or bum?' and informing him he 'had a bigger penis than her husband.'

In another message she told him: 'When I'm teaching you, let's see if we can make each other the horniest we can without the others knowing'.

Daniel Barber, Kandice's husband, had appeared as a witness in her defence twice where he described her as his 'rock' and said their relationship was 'as strong as ever', pointing out to jurors that he had matching tattoos with his wife of four years. 

Barber's mother, Dawn Green, had also appeared to defend her in the first trial, stating the mother-of-three had told her 'I know I have been silly mum' but said she believed her daughter after she swore on her life that no sexual activity had taken place with the boy. 

A social worker attended Barber's home on March 13, 2019, and assessed her, because she lived with young children including her husband's two from previous relationships but during the visit Barber accepted having sent a naked picture to the boy.

Mr Milne told the jury: '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.

In a video interview with police 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 that he had sex with Barber.

Speaking to a member of the child abuse team at Aylesbury police station, the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: 'She said that if I was going to snitch, snake on her basically, 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 on March 12 last year and during the interview she produced a prepared statement where she denied having sex with the boy, claimed her pregnancy was widely known around the school - although she later lost the baby and the father was her husband. 

Barber was found guilty of one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between September 27 and October 20 2018. 

In a previous trial she was convicted of sexual communication with a child between those same dates and causing a child to watch a sexual act by a person in a position of trust from October 20 2018 to January 31 2019. 

Jennie Laskar-Hall of the Crown Prosecution Service said: 'Barber used her position as a teacher and as a trusted member of the community to abuse a teenage boy in her care.

'The messages were crucial to our case as they showed Barber had initiated contact with the teenager and pursued him, even threatening him when the school investigation began.

'Denying what she had done, Barber has forced the teenager and his family to go through a trial, and I want to commend him for providing the vital evidence we needed to secure today's conviction.' 

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