A teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student has told police following her arrest that she loves the boy.
22-year-old Tayler Boncal was a teacher and assistant track coach at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, when she began a relationship with an 18-year-old male student.
She has been charged with three counts of second degree sexual assault and is currently awaiting her next appearance in court.
If Boncal is convicted she will serve at least nine months in jail with the maximum sentence being 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine per count.
Although Boncal wasn’t the student’s coach at the time, she did teach him in some social science classes and at the time the couple began dating there wasn’t much of an age gap, 18 and 21.
When another student who knew about the relationship told the school’s athletic director about it, Boncal was placed on administrative leave before she was arrested.
Her arrest warrant talked about how Boncal felt about the boy saying:
She stated that the victim was kind to her. Boncal stated that she loved the victim and was emotional regarding her feelings for him.
She expressed concern for the victim and was worried he would get in trouble.
The arrest warrant also detailed how the student initially pursued Boncal asking the teacher for her number.
From there the pair began to exchange explicit text messages and photos moving their correspondence onto Facebook Messenger after the boy lost his phone.
According to the police, the pair’s first sexual encounter happened in December at Boncals’ home.
The boy told police in a statement they had intercourse another three times following this encounter before January 11.
The following day he was called into the principal’s office for questioning and after first denying the affair, he admitted it but stated he didn’t want Boncal to get into trouble.
Principal Julio Duarte released a statement to parents and guardians on behalf of the school:
The safety and well-being of all students is and will always be my number one priority. I know that there have been rumours amongst students these past few weeks.
Now that the police action has concluded, I am able to inform you of an incident that I was made aware of between a former student teacher/assistant coach and a student.
Once I received the misconduct complaint, I immediately informed the police and launched an investigation. While I cannot comment on the specifics of the investigation, I can tell you that this person no longer works at Conard.
The statement continued:
The incident did not occur on our campus and I have been working closely with both the New Britain and West Hartford Police Departments to ensure that this individual is held accountable for their actions.
As educators, we are entrusted to protect and educate all of our students and know there are certain boundaries that can never be crossed.
Also, we will not tolerate any behaviour 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.
Boncal was released on bail last week and has not yet entered a plea.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.