A teacher found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to more than six years in jail.
Kandice Barber, aged 35, of Wendover, was previously found guilty of one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one count of sexual communication with a child, one count of causing a child to watch a sexual act by a person in a position of trust, and one count of sexual activity with a child under 16.
Barber was sentenced to six years and two months’ imprisonment following a hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday (5th March).
The court heard how Barber met her victim at the school where she worked and, in 2018, started contacting him via Snapchat.
She later arranged to meet up with him in a field where they had sex.
The judge, sentencing at Aylesbury Crown Court, described how Barber sent the victim pictures “including a topless image” and a live video of a ‘sexual act’.
“All of these acts are tantamount to you grooming him and pulling him in, and with significant planning on your part.”
The judge said: “There is no doubt in my mind that you acted in gross breach of trust.
“You took advantage of a child in your care and groomed him for your own sexual gratification.”
The court heard how Barber later ordered the boy to delete all of the messages the pair had exchanged and block her on Snapchat to stop evidence from being found.
In a statement from the victim, read by prosecutor David Povall, he said the trials’ stress and anxiety had caused “poorer-than-expected GCSE results”.
The emotional distress of having to go through the trial led the victim “to leave the good school he was attending and go to a sixth-form college where none of his friends were”.
Mr Povall said: “In summary, [the victim] says that the defendant … who was supposed to help students make the right decisions instead helped him to make all the wrong decisions.”
Investigating officer Detective Constable Collette Parker, from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said:
“Barber completely abused her position as a member of school staff to groom the victim and gain his trust before engaging in sexual activity with him.
“These kind of offences will never be tolerated and we are pleased the seriousness of this crime has been reflected in a significant custodial sentence.
“We must also pay tribute to the victim and the witnesses in this case, many of whom are still children.
“They have also shown determination, courage and bravery throughout the two trials and their support for the investigation never faltered.
“It has been an extremely traumatic time for them all and I hope today’s sentences brings them some kind of closure.”
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