Kirsters Baish| Tayler Boncal, a student teacher from Beacon Falls, Connecticut, has just turned herself into authorities following accusations that she had been sexually involved with one of her students.
Boncal is being formally charged with three counts of second degrees sexual assault. She allegedly had sexual encounters with one 18-year-old male student from Conrad High School, where she was teaching. Boncal’s employment was very similar to that of a real teacher. She was a 21-year-old student teacher as well as the assistant track coach when the allegations were made.
Local Fox61 affiliate reported that the parents of a male student had requested that Boncal not be prosecuted for her actions. The parents of the student have explained that she was 21 while he was 18, which means that the only supposed crime is abuse of a position of authority since she was a student teacher and a track coach.
Ms. Boncal was not coaching the student that she is being accused of having sexual relations with. She was his teacher, however, during some social sciences classes.
It has been noted in articles on the subject that there was just a three year difference between Boncal and the student, however the act is still considered a crime since she abused her position of authority as the student’s teacher.
It has also been reported by the State of Connecticut Superior Court arrest warrant that the male student came onto Ms. Boncal in the first place.
The police report stated that the first time that Boncal and the student had sex was at Boncal’s house on Christmas Day. Then, in January Boncal was fired from Conrad High School when a student anonymously reported the relationship between Boncal and the male student to the Principal, Julio Duarte. The male student admitted that they were in a relationship when questioned on the mater. The student also stated that they had been sexting back and forth, but would not allow police to have his phone. He claimed that he had lost it.
When bringing charges against Boncal were brought into the conversation, the student teacher surrendered to authorities. She was concerned that male student would get in trouble. The report said that she “expressed concern for the victim and was worried that he would get in trouble.”
Julio Duarte released a statement on behalf of Conrad High School:
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.”
It is obvious that a position of authority was abused in this case, even though there was only a three year age gap between Boncal and the male student, and he was technically a legal adult. It doesn’t seem that Boncal will be getting a hefty sentence for this one.