sending topless snaps and explicit videos to pupil: Kandice Barber Wiki, Biography
Kandice Barber of Wendover, Buckinghamshire, was accused of having sex with the boy in a field while she was working as a school cover supervisor, and sending him topless pictures of herself on Snapchat between September and October 2018.
A jury at Aylesbury Crown Court found her guilty of two sex offense charges relating to the topless pictures and a video. She was acquitted of one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activities while in a position of trust.
But they were unable to reach a verdict on three more serious charges of provoking or inciting a person under 16 to engage in a sexual act. A new trial has been scheduled for January 18.
Barber’s husband Daniel, who called the teaching assistant her ‘rock’, is standing next to her, MailOnline can reveal.
Barber’s family said the delivery driver would not end their marriage “regardless of the outcome of the trial.”
‘A lot of people are probably wondering why Daniel is standing by her,’ a family source told MailOnline. ‘But that’s none of their business. They’re still very much together, I can assure you of that.
‘I can understand why people might find it strange because a lot of men wouldn’t have put up with these allegations.
‘Daniel and Kandice were going through a difficult period when these claims were made. But now they just want to live their lives and sort out their problems.’
After a 10-day trial, jurors convicted Barber of two offences:
- Jurors convicted Barber of one count of sexual communication with a child, which took place between September and October 2018, when the boy was aged 15 and Barber was aged 33;
- Jurors convicted Barber of one count of causing a child to watch a sexual act by a person in a position of trust, which took place between October 2018 and January last year, when the boy was aged 16;
- Barber was acquitted of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by a person in a position of trust, which was said to have occurred between October 2018 and January last year;
- Jurors were told that even though the boy was aged 16 years during some of the offences alleged, so over the age of consent, the fact that Barber was a teacher and he was still a child under 18-years-old, meant they would be criminal acts if proven
Throughout the trial, Barber’s devoted husband, Daniel, 38, diligently accompanied her to court every day and even testified on her behalf.
He hugged her and held her hand as she rested her head on his shoulder as the couple waited outside court for the jury to render its verdict.
The aspiring singer was saved from hearing all the lurid details of his wife’s alleged cheating during the three-week trial because he was testifying in court in his defense.
The tattooed father of two, who worked night shifts at Morrison’s supermarket before starting work for the delivery company DPD, denied that at the time of the affair the couple were going through a rough patch.
He said they had been trying to have a baby at the time and Barber told him that he was pregnant but suffered an ectopic pregnancy a month later.
Barber denied telling the whistleblower that the baby could be hers, but said the fact that she had lost a baby was well known at school.
Her husband of four years said his new job was depressing him, but that Barber was very supportive during that time.
In a statement provided to police, Daniel described Barber, who has three children ages 15, 13 and 10 from two previous relationships, as his’ rock ‘, adding:’ Around this time I was having a difficult time in the work, my new job at Morrison’s was not going well and I was feeling a bit depressed.
‘I felt frustrated, deflated and complained and groaned with Kandice, she was always very supportive of me, talking to me about work and always talking to me in a positive way. She told me that she was a good man and valuable to this family.
‘My disappointment with work didn’t affect our relationship, it didn’t make us argue. Kandice was my rock all this time. ‘
Daniel admitted to the court that he was unaware of the rumors circulating around the school.
Barber had not told her husband that she had been called to a meeting with the school principal in January 2019 to discuss the claims.
She said the first time she learned of the allegations was two months after the meeting in March 2019, when her wife was arrested at the school and questioned by detectives for 12 hours.
The father-of-two was surprised when police officers arrived to search his marital home, and had to pick up his wife at the police station.
Rumors began to circulate among the students after a topless photo that she sent of the boy circulated among her friends at school.
High school staff began investigating the matters in early 2019 when one of Barber’s topless photos came into their possession.
After the school alerted police and social services, Barber was arrested on March 12 of last year.
During an interview, he presented a prepared statement in which he denied having had sexual relations with the child, claimed that his pregnancy was widely known at school, although he later lost the baby, and that the father was his husband.
When asked about the topless photo, he maintained that his Snapchat account must have been hacked.
Barber denied three counts of provoking or inciting a child under the age of 16 to engage in a sexual act and one count of sexual communication with a child.
He also pleaded not guilty to one count of provoking or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity while in a position of trust, and one count of causing a child to see a sexual act of a person in a position of trust.