A heartbroken schoolboy lied about sleeping with his 33-year-old teacher to win back the attention of his ex-girlfriend, a court has heard.
The pupil, 15, claimed he was picked up in Kandice Barber’s blue 4×4 and taken to a field and woodlands to have sex on multiple occasions.
Jurors heard how the married teacher told the boy she might be pregnant with his child, which persuaded him to keep quiet about the affair because he did not want his baby to be born in prison.
Barber later implied she would accuse the boy of raping her if he told the headmaster of Princes Risborough School, Buckinghamshire, the court heard.
Earlier in the trial, the jury was told how the head caught wind of what was going on after a topless picture sent by the defendant to the pupil on Snapchat started circulating between classmates, along with rumours of their affair.
Nadia Chbat, defending, alleged the complainant had invited a police interview in January last year as a conversation starter with his ex-girlfriend.
Jurors heard how he was ‘devastated’ following their break up in October 2018 after years of dating, and that his mum consoled him as he came to her sobbing.
The court heard how the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, still saw his ex as the person he could trust the most.
Jurors heard he showed her a topless image of Barber as ‘proof’ while talking about their teacher on Facetime in January 2019.
Advising him to go to police, the ex told him: ‘If she goes anywhere near our friend I need you to tell me. No joke, she’s a paedo. People are starting to find out about you and Mrs Barber now, by the way.
‘Why did you not tell me about this? I am not supposed to talk to you but you came to me for advice and this is a big deal so obviously I care.’
After speaking to his headmaster about rumours of the affair, the boy, now aged 17, told his former girlfriend that he had a ‘police interview’.
Speaking to the boy at Aylesbury Crown Court via a video link from Washington DC, Ms Chbat said: ‘You are giving her the impression, aren’t you, that you have spoken to the police, but that was not true, you had not spoken to the police. Can you help us, why are you misleading your ex-girlfriend at the end of January about this?’
The complainant replied: ‘I did not want her to know about the whole situation anyway. Obviously, if I did not follow the advice from her, she would have gotten annoyed at me.’
Ms Chbat said: ‘She would have stopped talking to you, would she? So, you were doing it to get her attention, were you? She was certainly concerned about you.
Barber, now aged 35, from Wendover, Buckinghamshire, denies 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.
By law teachers are not permitted to have sexual relations with students under the age of 18, even if they are over the legal age of consent (16), because they are in a position of trust.
The hearing continues.