Paedophile teacher Kandice Barber freed from jail after having sex with pupil, 15 | UK | News

March 11, 2024
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A paedophile teacher who was jailed for having sex with an underage pupil has been freed after serving just half of her sentence. Married Kandice Barber was sent to prison for six years and two months in 2021 after being found guilty of engaging a child in sexual activity.

The 37-year-old mum-of-three has now been freed from East Sutton Park Women’s prison in Kent. She was locked up after her abusive behaviour came to light when a topless picture she had sent to the victim ended up on the headteacher’s desk.

During her time in prison, she struck up a relationship with fellow prisoner Jay Delaney, who was convicted of fraud. The two met on temporary prison release, which was cancelled when their relationship came to light. 

Barber now plans on “rebuilding her life”, after her actions were branded “beyond despicable” by a judge during the trial. 

A source told MailOnline: “She can consider herself very fortunate to be released at the halfway point of her sentence after such a serious infringement of prison rules. Although she is now out of jail she will be carefully monitored as a sex offender and will have to register her details and movements with the police.”

She was also bannedd from teaching for life in January. The Teaching Regulation Agency slammed her “callous and selfish  disregard for her pupil’s well-being”, adding that “the public would rightly be appalled by her behaviour”.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson told the Mirror: “Sex offenders face some of the strictest licence conditions and can be put back behind bars if they break the rules at any point in their sentence.”

disregard for her pupil’s well-being” and “the public would rightly be appalled by her behaviour”.

Earlier this month Barber’s ex-husband Danny Barber said: “Her disqualification from teaching is exactly what any parent would expect to happen, no other outcome would have been tolerated.

“If she had continued her path in teaching as she started it I’m sure she would have gone on to have a very good career, but she did something unthinkable that devastated so many lives.

“Now you can only say she is no loss to the profession after what she did to that young boy, his family and the repercussions it has brought on her own family.”

Susanne Staab, who chaired the Teaching Regulation Agency hearing in January, said: “In 2018, Ms Barber was 33 years old and working as a form tutor and cover supervisor at the School. In 2019, police investigated an allegation that she had groomed a 15-year-old male pupil, had sex with him, and sent him sexual communications.

“The sexual communications included a video of her engaging in sexual activity, and a message containing a sexual innuendo sent while they were both in school, during which Ms Barber referred to teaching him. Ms Barber was charged with three offences and pleaded not guilty. After the trial, she was convicted and sentenced to a total of six years and two months in prison and was the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

“The panel decided the public interest considerations outweighed the interests of Ms Barber. Her conduct was so egregious and harmful as to be fundamentally incompatible with her being allowed to teach in future.”



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