Teacher guilty of having sex with 15-year-old pupil
A teacher at a school in Buckinghamshire has today been found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old pupil.
Having borrowed the then 15-year-old’s phone, Kandice Barber, 35, added her Snapchat profile to his account and used this social platform to send messages to the teenager which soon became sexual in nature.
Barber asked to meet the teenager outside of school and on one occasion took him to a field, where they had sex.
She continued messaging the teenager for the next few months, sending him inappropriate images and a video of herself committing a sexual act.
When rumours began circulating at school, Barber warned the teenager that if he “snaked” on her, she would take him down with her.
On first being confronted by the headmaster, both Barber and the teenager denied the relationship. However, when the headteacher later obtained an inappropriate photo Barber had sent to the boy, he admitted to what had gone on and the matter was reported to the police.
Barber continued to deny what she had done, saying the victim had pursued her and she had not had sex with him. However, message exchanges between Barber and the teenager made it clear she had initiated contact and even suggested booking a hotel room for the boy’s 16th birthday.
Screen shots taken by the pupil of images sent on Snapchat by Barber also provided further evidence of the relationship. Additionally, several friends and colleagues confirmed they had seen the messages Barber had sent to the teenager.
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.”
Today at Amersham Law Courts, Barber has been found guilty of one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Notes to editors
- Kandice Barber (10/7/1985) will be sentenced on 15 February at Aylesbury Crown Court
- In a trial last September 2020, a jury found her guilty of one count of sexual communication with a child and one count of causing a child to watch a sexual act by a person in a position of trust. At the previous trial she was acquitted of one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activities by a person in a position of trust at a time when the complainant was of or under the age of 16 years
- Jennie Laskar-Hall is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Thames and Chiltern
- The Crown Prosecution Service has published an ambitious package of measures to make sure offenders of sexual violence are brought to justice and victims of these devastating crimes are properly supported.
- The five-year blueprint, named RASSO 2025, will help CPS to understand and reduce the gap between reported cases of sexual violence and those which come to court. It will also drive improvements in case handling across the justice system by better partnership working to remove any barriers to justice. Striking the balance between the needs and rights of victims and those of suspects is paramount to RASSO 2025, so all parties can have confidence that they will be treated fairly.