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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Comments (61)
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dirtyharry
dirtyharry

he was legal age so what is the big deal of them having sex as long as it was not on school property

DeafGuy
DeafGuy

I think the Teacher took advantage of her Student. No telling how many others she'd done this to. Age, to me at least, shouldn't apply to anything here.

eman2000
eman2000

Everyone else just thinks you're an idiot. she took advantage? she was finishing up on her teaching degree and he asked her for her phone number. He's eighteen, she's 22. They are close in age so what if they had sex multiple times. Sounds more like a jealous idiot who was very vindictive.

bebop50
bebop50

No problem here. The guy is an adult. No charges should be filed against the teacher. The guy initiated the relationship !

spmitchell3
spmitchell3

It seems to me that since 1) he was 18 which, in most places, is considered the age of consent and 2) his parents don't object to the relationship, I don't see what the problem is here. She's only four years older than him which isn't an unusual age difference.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Nope! The charges will be dismissed. Chances are good that the teacher will sue the school district for defamation of character or something similar & she'll win because both are of legal age.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

If he's a student and she's a teacher, that's illegal.

WPD
WPD

Hi_estComm? Really ? 2 consenting ADULTS !! Back when I was in college I remember a professor getting involved in a relationship he was 30 she was 22, So that professor should be jailed right?? OMG .. She was not even his teacher !! His parents did not object

WPD
WPD

Eman2000. LOl I was thinking the kid that "told on them" was a jealous kid..

wolf4evr
wolf4evr

He was not her student, so what was there to take advantage of. They were not in the same school and both adults, he was over 18 . His parents knew and consented to the relationship .I hope she sues !

MyRightsMyGun2
MyRightsMyGun2

They're both of age! Where is the problem?

DocRyder
DocRyder

Ok, so what's the problem? Both consenting adults so what law was violated?

Liberalismissick
Liberalismissick

Good for him.....she should not be charged.

Georgia
Georgia

I'm surprised they go after teachers at all when they teach in school that sex is casual and think that lube should be included in school supplies.

wispark43
wispark43

She isn't HIS teacher. Huge difference.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

She worked at a different school and both are considered adults. Where's the crime? None that I can see! She seems to have a wrongful termination suit.

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

They were from different schools, she was a track coach, not a teacher, and they were BOTH adults under the law. No law broken, except wrongful termination.

Aaron57
Aaron57

Given the specific wording of the law, it was illegal. However, given the totality of the circumstances, charging her wasn't the moral move.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

No, she shouldn’t be charged. Absolutely ludicrous! Yet again things have been taken too far in an effort to correct something that was lacking at one time.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@angryAmerican did she break the law?

ShortyDownUnder
ShortyDownUnder

Who made the following law?? “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.” Is this State or Federal Law, or simply a school ruling?? If a school rule, I cannot see this being enforced in a court of law as two consenting adults are both participating of their own free will. They both deserve compensation for the humiliation & loss of job/wages.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@ShortyDownUnder if it's a district rule and she violated that rule, then what's the problem with her being fired? She broke the rules of her employer.

BeachZar
BeachZar

Sadly, this law in CT is entirely wide-ranging and broad....and certainly being misapplied in this case. As written, this law would technically, and legally, apply to individuals who work in a snack stand(even of the same age) at a sporting event and even people who volunteer on school property as they are legally "unpaid EMPLOYEES". This teacher had zero "authority" over the adult student, they are very close in age AND apparently....there is NO victim.
I do wish that people with more intelligence and higher authority right this wrong before any more damage is done.

Sziadinchie
Sziadinchie

This is a prime example of where school systems should not put their noses word does not belong. 1st of all this student was not even her student he was going to a complete different school. 2nd of all hes legal age which means he can do whatever he wants and she has every right to date him. 3rd of all if the family is not gonna prosecute they need to drop this this is outrageous. There is no victim here which means there's no crime. I hope after the teacher has the drops charges she prosecutes the people you are responsible for this.

In Vino Veritas
In Vino Veritas

How much support would the coach receive if she was a he and the student was a she. Would the father of the hypothetical female student be so forgiving? I doubt it; this is a double standard. Jealousy jokes aside, the statute is being properly applied, but whether or not it holds up in court is another story. IMHO, there is no crime here, but her conduct was inappropriate and she should have lost her job.

AMJ
AMJ

Absolutely not. She should not be prosecuted. It is evident the young coach “assistant”- as she was not an instructor- was accused on bad faith and young man’s school took reacted by attacking the situation with extreme action. The young man’s parents confirmed they are two teenagers in love. They are both adults by law and despite the “sexual conduct” law, quite frankly all other evidence supports the fact that this incident could have been solved outside of courts without such unnecessary harm to the young couple and wasting tax payers money. Let her go, clear her record and leave the kids and family alone. She was not even an instructor. 22 and 18 years old. The persons that should be charged are the obe, the initial complainer (w/out a doubt doing it in bad faith and in a vindictive manner for their own sick motivations and 2. The school directors taking legal action and his ill judgement). No wonder our education system is so out of control. Pay attention to what really happened and we may get somewhere constructive.

AMJ
AMJ

Agree. Although she was not a teacher or a coach (to the boy or any other student). She was an “assistant” coach. I am dumbfounded a judge issued a warrant for her arrest. This is all coming down out if someone wanting to harm the couple and nothing else.

volleyball2
volleyball2

You should probably change the title because "rape" is fake news. Thanks.

OfficerBlue
OfficerBlue

Editor

She is being charged under the state's statutory rape law. This is the same crime as a 50 year old who has sex with a 13 year old.

mids555
mids555

This is one of the most unjust cases. And it hurts that a woman was actually raped behind a dumpster by Brock Turner and he got a slap on the hand, but this woman was in a consensual relationship with an adult and she's being charged with rape? Has the definition or rape changed? This stupid country always ceases to amaze me.

SMB1128
SMB1128

It WASN'T consensual. By LAW a student of any age cannot consent to sex with someone working in their school district. They don't have the legal capacity to consent. Quit being so sick and thinking its ok for teachers to sleep with students. IT'S NOT.

SMB1128
SMB1128

No she doesn't. She broke the law. Its plain as day. It's going to be hard for her to draw up a termination suit in PRISON, where she belongs.

SMB1128
SMB1128

Its totally moral to arrest teachers that can't keep their hands out of students pants. The law its clear and she chose to break it.

Gobucks
Gobucks

Female or male, enforce the law and prosecute. Anyone using their influence like a teacher or coach should be locked up.

gandolf_69
gandolf_69

As I see it, there is a 22 yo woman dating a 18 yo young male adult. She is only 4 yrs older than he. If it were under any other circumstance, no one would even bat an eyelash. She technically is not his teacher at this point and I am wondering if she even thought that there was an issue. I can understand if she was working in the same school. That would definitely be wrong. Now I went to an independent high school separate from the local city school district. I didn't know anyone from any of the other schools outside of the one right next door and they were an independent district form the local city district as well. Now even under those circumstances, if they were in two different school districts it wouldn't be illegal under the current laws it sounds like. So say I was 18 dating a 22 yo female teacher from the local city school district while attending the independent school district that I had went to. Under those conditions, it sounds like there wouldn't have been any laws broken. I wouldn't have known any of the other teachers or students. All well and good. No realistic issues there. Now change that to I was dating a teacher at the next school district over. We're almost right on top of each other. I knew students and teachers from that district. Under this law it would be legal but soooo obviously full of issues. Now this teacher and the 18 yo young man were not at the same school. If she was teaching on the other side of the city where she didn't have any contact with the students from that school in a professional manor and he didn't know anyone from the school she was actually teaching at, student or otherwise, then there really isn't any kind of a professional conflict there. See the law is meant to define a ethical line to prevent any issues in the community. The essence of the law was not broken here. It's a technicality. Sometimes laws are skewed and unjust. In this case the parents were even aware of the relationship and were okay with it. The parents should be able to over ride this and the case should be taken to the Supreme Court in my opinion.

Arraya_Sunshine
Arraya_Sunshine

Except that it's not "fake news" because she was charged under the state's statutory rape law. So the title is accurate. Just saying.

VisionT100
VisionT100

Okay But don't you think that this law is dumb, i mean in some cases i agree, but lets just say these two had met on the street and she was not his "teacher" (I use that term loosely because the situation is different), would you still think that its rape... if you said yes than you don't know what rape is. In this specific circumstance, morally at least, the judge should not have put a warrant for her arrest.

satan31
satan31

If you believe this is rape and she should be charged as a rapist....please kill yourself. She had no authority over him. She's a bloody track coach at a totally different school. The parents knew about it and were okay with it even going so far as to not want her prosecuted because they were in love. This isn't rape. He's 18 aka an adult. Period the end no punishment. If you disagree with me you are a snowflake that should go play in traffic and bring your family along because we have enough stupidity breeding and don't need any more. The kardashians are proof of that. HAIL HARAMBE!!!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@satan31 but she definitely should have been fired, given that there were clear rules for her employment that she broke.

And "hail Harambe," huh? When is your next MGTOW meeting?

Aparent
Aparent

No, she should not of been fired, especially since she worked at a different school. Like someone said if this was ANY other scenario no one would
Give it a second thought

Lalaser
Lalaser

First, there’s no criminal intent so it’ll be real tough to convict

Second, there’s the issue of overreaching of the law and its constitutionality

Kinectthefuture
Kinectthefuture

This has to be a joke, it has to be okay with everyone if two people have sex instead of it being up to them as Law if the Land why don’t you use tax payer money to actually protect against females abused instead of female lovers

Kinectthefuture
Kinectthefuture

God damn land of the free is a joke politicians controlling relationships of Americans and unable to actually do their jobs that they took an oath to do they need to send Nassar to brain examination room