A married teacher faces up to five years in jail after being found guilty of having s*x 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.
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.’
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.