A schoolboy told a jury today how his married 33-year-old teacher performed oral sex on him in a woodland area when he was 15.
The lawyer defending his teacher suggested the boy was “obsessed” with blonde-haired Kandice Barber and had threatened her.
Barber’s lawyer alleged the boy had told her client: “If you do not speak to me, watch what happens. You will lose your job, you will lose your family.”
Appearing on a video screen on the second day of the trial, the boy said he had performed a sexual act on his teacher in her 4×4 car, before the two agreed to walk into a wooded area to continue their romp outdoors.
The boy sat in a room with his father as he was cross-examined by Nadia Chbat, defence counsel.
Ms Chbat said: “Just so I understand what you are saying, the oral sex was in the car. Then you got out of the car, walked into a little woodland area.
“She gets on top of you in the car and takes her clothing down to her knees. You perform a sex act on her in the car.
“Somebody said, let’s get out of the car, you get out of your car and you walk along to the wooded area. That is when you get oral sex, laying down on the floor. She is laying across you performing oral sex on you.”
The boy agreed with the account and accepted he had later told his friends about the sexual encounter and shown them a topless picture of Barber.
A jury of seven women and five men at Aylesbury Crown Court heard that the complainant had saved the topless picture as “evidence” of their affair.
“I always knew there was an issue”, the boy said, “I knew it was going to be an issue because it was teacher and student.
“After it turned sexual between the two of us, I started screenshotting the messages. I screenshotted the Snapchat picture in case I needed to use it as evidence.”
In a police interview, the school boy told how Barber had sent him multiple illicit images of herself and a video of her masturbating while surrounded by sex toys.
The boy said: “I did not screenshot them, I only screen shotted the one that I screenshotted because it had her face in it.”
Despite Barber having distinguishable tattoos, including a cup and a person on her arms, with others on her rib and thigh, the court heard how the boy had not saved other images, which only showed his teacher’s body.
Ms Chbat asked the boy why he had initially denied the affair when speaking to his headmaster and the police, before later giving a full account of it, giving a reason that he had initially kept quiet because he “did not want to his child to be born in prison”.
Despite having used a condom when he and Barber had sex in a field, the boy claimed, he was still concerned when she called him to say she was pregnant, after they allegedly met for sex between September to October 2018.
The boy said: “I thought the condom could have split, or something else could have happened. I felt bad so I denied it because she was pregnant.”
Call records obtained by Thames Valley Police, who had investigated the boy’s claims after Barber was arrested in March last year, showed the two had spoken months after the alleged affair was said to have ended.
Ms Chbat told the boy: “You are, I suggest, trying to resume contact with her in both February and March and she does not reply to those.
“I suggest that you, on Sunday March 10, sent some WhatsApp messages to her, telling her to call you urgently and making threats that if she does not speak to you, watch what happens.
“What I am suggesting is that you, obsessed with Mrs Barber, started threatening her to resume contact with you.
“She called you and told you to leave her alone and you were saying, ‘I am going to go to the police and say something happened between us’. You were talking over each other, she put the phone down on you and you called her back.”
The boy denied the conversations had taken place in the way Ms Chbat described, stating instead Barber had been trying to persuade him not to tell anyone about their affair and what to say if he was asked.
Barber, 35 and of Wendover, Bucks., denied three counts 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 on the first day of the trial, Mr Milne had 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 hearing continues.
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