A former assistant track coach and student teacher at Conard High School in West Hartford has been accused of sexually assaulting a student, according to the New Britain Police Department.
Police said 22-year-old Taylor Boncal is accused of having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student while she was employed by the West Hartford public school district.
Police said Boncal lived in New Britain at the time and the West Hartford school system alerted New Britain police when they learned of the allegations.
According to Dr. Andrew Morrow, assistant superintendent for administration in West Hartford, Boncal was an assistant track coach at Conard High School from December 2017 until she was terminated in January 2018.
Morrow said the school was notified of the alleged relationship by a parent, and school officials immediately notified police.
Conard Principal Julio Duarte sent a letter home to parents informing them of the allegations. He wrote, in part:
"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 letter also stated that the incident did not happen on campus.
Court documents say Boncal and the student started exchanging text messages on December 13, 2017 and the victim said the first time the two spent time together was at Boncal's New Britain home and each encounter after that was at her home as well.
The investigation began on Jan. 12 and Boncal turned herself in to police on Thursday. She is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault.