Parents won’t be pressing charges against teacher who had sex with their son.
This case highlights the problems in the law with the small age gap between some students and their trainee teachers.
Tayler Boncal, a student teachers from Beacon Falls, Connecticut turned herself into the cops after admitting having a sexual relationship with her 18 year old student.
At just 21 herself, the parents of the ‘victim’ have chosen not to press charges, as they believe the age gap between the two was appropriate.
Boncal admitted to having a sexual relationship with one of her male 18-year old students from Conard High School, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Boncal was studying to become a teacher herself, and although she did not directly teach the 18-year old, she was connected to him because she was an assistant track coach.
Fox61 have reported that unusually, as in not normally the case with student-teacher relations that the parents are not pressing charges, as they do not believe either party did anything wrong.
Not due to his age, but the fact that the boy was still in full time employment, and that the Boncal as a teacher had a duty of care to all her students is the issue a problem, if the boy for example was not studying at her school, there would be no case to discuss.
The abuse of power laws are in place for very obvious reasons, to protect the vulnerable and to stop people in positions of power from abusing it, but in some rare cases like this, common sense must be put before the law.
State of Connecticut Superior Court arrest warrant stated:
The Victim stated that he requested BONCAL’s phone number and she agreed to the exchange. The two began exchanging text messages on [13/12/2017].”
Boncal says that she handed herself in after she was worried that the victim would get into trouble.
The high school principal released a statement reading:
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.”