A married teacher had sex with a 15-year-old pupil in a field then sent him topless photos which were passed between classmates, a court heard.
Kandice Barber, 35, allegedly told the boy she could be pregnant with his child and threatened to ‘take him down with her’ if he told anyone about their affair.
Jurors heard how she had approached the child at a sports award evening, added him on Snapchat messenger and later asked him if he wanted to meet privately.
Barber allegedly picked him in her car and drove to a field to have sex and later sent the boy topless pictures of herself.
Barber, who told police her account must have been hacked, has denied a series of charges involving the boy and including breaching a position of trust.
The headmaster of her school found pictures of her which she had sent to the boy and had been passed to other pupils.
The shocked master phoned police and an investigation occurred, Aylesbury Crown Court heard.
Richard Milne, prosecuting, said: ‘This case is about an adult teacher having sexual relations with a pupil at the school where she taught.
‘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, she put her details into his Snapchat account. 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 jury were then shown the images of Ms Barber topless which she had herself sent the boy.
Mr Milne added: ‘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 as a special treat for his 16th birthday, which he politely declined.’
The boy was interviewed by police and recorded where he said they continued their affair well into his 16th birthday and only stopped after ‘staff found out.’
The boy – who cannot be named due to his age – 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.
‘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.’
Mr Milne told the jury: ‘Mrs Barber told the social worker that she had started to talk to the boy in September 2018 on Snapchat. He had befriended her first. She denied having sexual intercourse with the boy but did admit sending the boy a picture of herself topless.
‘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.’
Mr Milne: ‘The defence is likely to be that she, the defendant, did not engage in any sexual relationship with the complainant. In other words, it is simply made up.
‘Although it may well be accepted that she, in social media terms, accepted a friend request sent by the complainant to help him out with a problem that he was having with one of his friends, it was he who kept on calling her and pursuing her in what may be described as an unhealthy manner and threatened to tell a teacher that something was going on.’
Barber denies three allegations of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 years 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.
Explaining the position of trust charges, Mr Milne said: ‘In this jurisdiction, England and Wales, teachers are not permitted to have sexual relations with pupils and it is not to do with the age of consent, it is because they are in a position of trust, be they male or female.
‘The law does not permit, indeed criminalises, any sexual activity between a teacher and a child under the age of 18 years, even if they were consensual relations.’
The trial continues today.
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