A schoolboy was ‘shaking with fear’ when he admitted to his headmaster that rumours of his sexual relationship with a 35-year-old married teacher were true, a court heard today.
The pupil, 15, had told school friends he had a sexual relationship with Kandice Barber but when rumours started flying around the school he denied them to the headteacher, Nicholas Simms, the jury was told.
It was only when an explicit photograph of the teacher came to light that the terrified boy revealed the true nature of the rumours, the prosecution claimed. Barber was arrested a day after the boy’s conversation with the head.
Kandice Barber, 35, from Wendover, Bucks, (seen left, outside court yesterday; and right, with her husband, Daniel) is accused of having a sexual relationship with a boy pupil
Barber, from Wendover, Bucks, was previously convicted of sending the same pupil a topless picture of herself and a video of her on a bed surrounded by sex toys.
The jury was told that they now have to determine whether Barber had engaged in two sex acts with the boy and also had full sex with him.
Sitting at Amersham Law Courts, 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.
Prosecutor Richard Milne said to Mr Simms: ‘There was a meeting you had on January 24 2019 with the boy.
‘Then there was a second meeting with the defendant, Kandice Barber, the same day as it came to your attention there was a potential relationship between them.’
Mr Simms, who no longer works at Princes Risborough School, told the jury: ‘The boy was called in for the meeting with myself and a colleague. I had presented him with the rumour that I had been told about earlier in the day.
‘He was not surprised. He seemed to know about the rumours. He said they were not true. He said they started after she sat next to him at the sports presentation evening.’
The pupil, 15, had told school friends he had a sexual relationship with Barber but when rumours started flying around the school he at first denied them to the headteacher, Nicholas Simms, the jury was told
Barber is now up on trial again accused of three counts of engaging in sexual activity a child
When the headteacher later asked Barber about the same rumours, she appeared ‘shocked’ before denying the allegations.
The rumours were left alone for over a month before an explicit photograph of the married teacher came to the attention of the headmaster, the court heard.
‘On March 11 2019, a meeting took place with myself and Sue Hine, pastoral manager at the school. I recall the boy denying any truth in the rumours and so I asked him to write a statement, Mr Simms told the jury.
The jury heard that she had previously been convicted of sending a video to the boy of her surrounded by sex toys. She is seen with her husband
‘He was gone for a matter of minutes before he returned. At that point he said he wanted to tell me something, he seemed uncomfortable. He took a moment or two to come out with what he wanted to say. He said his friends had told him to tell me the truth,’ Mr Simms said.
The boy told the headmaster that Barber had added him as a contact on Snapchat at the sports presentation evening and then met him for sex, but claimed it had only happened once.
Mr Simms added: ‘He said she messaged him around October 10 2019 to say she was dropping off her son at his friend’s and arranged to meet him in Knaphill [a local village]. He said they met and had sexual intercourse, just once.
‘He said he did not tell the school at first because she had said she was pregnant with his child. He stated Kandice Barber told him to delete everything and block her number when the school found out initially, back in the January time.
‘He was shaking, it was a very disjointed account. It took him a long time to explain himself.’
Later that day, Mr Simms reported the allegations to police who arrested Barber at the school the following morning. Barber denies three counts of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 years to engage in a sexual act.
The trial continues.
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