22-Year-Old Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault For Sex With 18-Year-Old Student

A 22-year-old former student teacher and track coach at a Connecticut high school has been charged with sexual assault for having intercourse and oral sex with an 18-year-old student.
Tayler Ivy Boncal met the student in question while she was student teaching at Conard High School in West Hartford; the 18-year-old was in some of her classes. But the two began having sexual relations at the end of December, when Boncal's student teaching gig had ended and she was assigned as an assistant track and field coach at the school.
Boncal has been charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault, according to police. "She is accused of engaging in intercourse and oral sex with the student under a statute that prohibits sexual contact between teachers and students in their schools," reports the Hartford Courant.
A "concerned parent" tipped off school officials about the alleged relationship, said West Hartford schools Superintendent Tom Moore on Friday. School officials then notified police.
According to police, the sexual encounters took place at the young woman's home in New Britain from December 25 to January 11.
Both the 18-year-old and the former teacher told police that it was the student who initiated the relationship, asking Boncal for her phone number in mid-December. The duo began texting one another on December 13.
The former teacher told police “that the victim was kind to her,” says the affidavit. “Boncal stated that she loved the victim and was emotional regarding her feelings for him.”
According to the Courant, the alleged victim "initially denied the relationship to investigators, but eventually told them of the encounters," per the affidavit. The student claimed he had lost his cell phone, but the two had exchanged sexually explicit photos and messages, though most of the correspondence was done via Facebook Messenger.
“The victim refused to provide a written statement,” said police. “The victim expressed concern for Boncal with regard to the outcome of this investigation.”
Conard High School Principal Julio Duarte informed parents of Boncal's arrest on Friday in a letter sent to parents.
“As educators, we are entrusted to protect and educate all of our students and know there are certain boundaries that can never be crossed,” wrote Duarte in the letter. “Also, we will not tolerate any behavior that compromises the safety or well-being of our students. I hope you will not let the misconduct of this one individual cast a shadow over all of our staff members who demonstrate their commitment to our students every day.”
Superintendent Moore added, “Whether someone is 21, 41, or 61, the moment they are a part of a school as a student teacher, mentor, or coach, they enter into a sacred trust with our students and community."
Boncal was arraigned on Thursday and has since been released from custody. She's set for court on March 1.
Boncal was terminated from her position as assistant track coach.
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