A 22-year-old teacher at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut is under arrest after having a sexual relationship with a student who’s four years her junior. Taylor Boncal started working at the school as a student teacher and assistant track coach in December 2017 but was fired last month, after a complaint from a concerned parent.
Boncal, who was living in New Britain during the time of their relationship, surrendered herself to the police on Feb. 1 after an investigation was led. West Hartford first informed the New Britain Police Department sometime in the middle of January after receiving the complaint. Now, Boncal is facing sexual assault charges.
Boncal was 21 when she had a relationship with a student from Conard High School.
The young teacher was accused of having sex with the 18-year-old student.
Police said Boncal is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault.
According to the Hartford Courant , the teen and the teacher shared how the relationship began, saying that it started when he asked for her phone number. Citing police documents, it was reported that the couple had sex on different occasions at Boncal’s home.
The first instance was on Christmas Day and the final rendezvous was on Jan. 11. Police documents stated that the teen was “kind to her. Boncal stated that she loved the victim and was emotional regarding her feelings for him.”
A town spokesperson for West Hartford said that Boncal and the boy were in love.
After school officials notified police about the allegations, Conard High School principal Julio Duarte sent the boy’s parents a letter, informing them of the situation. In part, Duarte wrote:
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.”
The principal also confirmed that the deed didn’t happen on campus.
Tom Moore, West Hartford schools Superintendent said he was “furious” about what happened, which he described as a violation of the trust given to school staff members.
“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.”