A married teacher had sex with a pupil in a field, then threatened to “bring him down” if he reported her, a UK court has heard.
Kandice Barber, 35, is accused of having sex with the boy when he was aged under 16.
Jurors were told on Monday she has previously been convicted of sending the same boy a topless picture of herself and explicit messages.
The court in Buckinghamshire heard Barber had taken the boy’s phone number at a school sports day prize-giving event, but disguised it under a pseudonym before she started messaging him.
“The messages began to get sexual. She asked him to meet up with her out of school, somewhere private,” prosecutor Richard Milne said.
“He suggested some fields that he knew nearby, this was about 5pm or 6pm in the evening.
“He thought she wanted to go somewhere private because she might be concerned that they might be seen together and that they were teacher and schoolboy.
“She asked him if he wanted to have sex. He said yes and they proceeded to have sex for about five minutes. This was done with her back to him, her bending forward.
“He pulled down her leggings and lifted her red coat.”
Amersham Law Courts was told it had to determine whether Barber had engaged in two sex acts with the boy and also had full sex with him.
The jury heard how Barber sent topless photographs and a video of her performing a sex act on herself.
The court was told the defendant texted the boy while teaching him in class, including one read out to jurors which said, “You cannot make me blush when I am teaching now, poker face.”
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.
Barber had encouraged the boy to delete messages which were stored on his phone allegedly from her, although he had taken photographs of some.
In one message the boy claimed Barber had threatened to “bring him down” if he told anyone about their relationship, which he took to mean that she would accuse him of rape.
“Kandice Barber, an adult, was having sex with a child under the age of 16 and it makes not a jot of difference to the law, the fact that she was a she and he was a he,” Mr Milne said.
“The law applies equally to men and to women and that is what this case is all about.
“She may well accept that a friend request was sent by the boy because of a problem that he had and it was him pursuing her in an unhealthy manner and that he threatened to tell a teacher that there was something going on between them but it was all a fantasy in his mind.”
The court heard Barber and the boy stayed in touch through Snapchat as the school began to launch an investigation, which led to the head teacher calling in the police.
The boy claimed that Barber had told him she was pregnant after they had sex but later called him upset one night and said she had suffered a miscarriage.
Barber admitted to police in interview that she had an ectopic pregnancy, which was “well known throughout the school” and added that the unborn child was fathered by her husband.
“Members of the jury, she was also telling him she was pregnant and that it could have been or could be his child or that of her husband. This is two weeks after they had had sex,” Mr Milne said.
“A few days after this she phoned the boy in tears and said that she had had a miscarriage.”
The boy told specialist police, “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.”
Barber, of Wendover, Buckinghamshire, denies three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between September 27, 2018 and October 20, 2018.
The trial continues.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission