Former West Hartford school staffer accused of sexual relationship with student

Tayler Boncal (Photo: New Britain Police)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A former West Hartford school employee has been arrested on sexual assault charges after officials say she engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student.

According to West Hartford police, 22-year-old Tayler Boncal, of Beacon Falls, was arrested Friday. Boncal is charged with three counts of sexual assault.

The arrest stems from an investigation by West Hartford officers that began in early January.  Police say Boncal was accused of having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student at Conard High School.

Officers determined that Boncal had been living in New Britain during the time of the alleged relationship. The West Hartford school system alerted the New Britain Police Department of the allegation, and an investigation was initiated.

Conard High School Principal Julio Duarte sent a letter to parents informing them of the situation. In the letter, Duarte said that Boncal is no longer employed at Conard.

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.”

An arrest warrant was obtained for Boncal, and she subsequently turned herself in to police. Boncal was arraigned in New Britain Superior Court Friday.