22-Year-Old Female Teacher Charged With Rape Of 18-Year-Old Student

A 22-year-old female track coach is being charged with three counts of sexual assault.

New Britain, CT - A 22-year-old female teacher has been charged with three counts of felony sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student who attended a different school in her school district.

Police were notified on Jan. 12 of a sexual relationship between Tayler Boncal and an unidentified student, according to the warrant obtained by WTIC.

Boncal was finishing her teaching degree last year when the male student was in the social sciences class that Boncal was teaching.

Boncal later finished her degree and was hired by the school district as a track coach. While she was a track coach, the 18-year-old student, who attended a different school than where Boncal taught, asked for her phone number.

The two then began texting for a few weeks before they began dating in late December 2017.

Even though the Boncal didn't teach at the student's school, another student approached West Hartford's School Resource Officer to report that the two were in a relationship.

Police investigated and determined that the two had sex multiple times during their relationship, and that all incidents occurred off of school grounds.

The student's parents said that the two were in love and requested that Boncal not be prosecuted.

The school district fired Boncal and a judge issued a warrant for her arrest on Jan 25 for three counts of sexual assault in the second degree, a felony.

The sexual assault statute specifically prohibits people from having sex with students who attend a "school under the jurisdiction of the local or regional board of education which employs the actor," regardless if the suspect was actually their teacher.

Boncal turned herself in on Thursday.

Conard High School Principal Julio Duarte released a statement to parents which said:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The safety and well-being of all students is and will always be my number one priority. I know that there have been rumors 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 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 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.

If you have any questions or concerns about this situation please feel free to contact me.

Do you think that Boncal should be criminally charged for her behavior? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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Jumpingjehosephat
Jumpingjehosephat

So let me see if I understand laws in US of A.
You can be tried as an adult for every crime in the book but if you decide to sleep with a teacher you, you are unable to make that decision? Yeah that makes sense. You people shouldn't be able to have it both ways. Ridiculous!!!

jsterr1
jsterr1

23???? why the fuck does she look 33 in that pic? :|

KevinKaye
KevinKaye

By a strict interpretation of the law (and there is a state law that applies here), the relationship was illegal since a teacher may not have sexual relations with any students, even if they are 18 and are not in the same school. The law is clear and she should have known it. RIght or wrong. It seems unfair but the law is the law. Perhaps the judge will show some leniency given the totality of circumstances. But your college professor example is irrelevant since there was likely no state law that prohibited a professor from having relations with a student. And if there was a state law or even a university policy in place, then he got away with one.

KevinKaye
KevinKaye

What many of you are missing is that she was not arrested because of their ages. Legally, their ages are not an issue as they are both over 18. The issue is that she violated a state law that prohibits a teacher from being involved with a student within the school district where he/she teaches. If she had waited until he graduated, there wouldn't have been any issue. I agree, it doesn't seem fair, in particular since she was at another school and had no impact on his grades. But as a teacher, she had a responsibllity to know all of the laws that govern her conduct as a teacher.

Scurvydog
Scurvydog

The age of consent in CT is 18 in this case. In order for charges to be upheld, the sexual behavior would have had to have happened before the male turned 18. In my opinion, she is not a predator, did not abuse the student, and the school and community are wrong for ruining their lives. It is a shame. What if they were lesbians? Would anything have been said?