A teacher and assistant track coach who is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage male student told police that she loved the boy after she was arrested.
Tayler Boncal, 22, was charged with three counts of second degree sexual assault last week in New Britain, Connecticut.
She is awaiting her next court appearance and, if convicted, she must serve at least nine months behind bars.
The maximum sentence that can be imposed is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 per count, the Daily Mail reported.
Neither the 18-year-old boy nor his parents wanted to see Boncal charged. She was arrested last week after being placed on administrative leave when another student who knew about the affair told the school's athletic director about it
According to Boncal's arrest affidavit, she and the boy had oral sex and intercourse several times after striking up a relationship at Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut.
She was a social sciences teacher there and was also an assistant track coach. She taught the boy in some of her classes.
It began when he asked her for her phone number in December. She joined the school as a student teacher in April 2017.
The pair began exchanging explicit text messages and photos then, when the boy lost his phone, they moved their correspondence onto Facebook messenger.
According to police, the first sexual encounter happened in December, sometime around Christmas, at Boncal's home.
It was not her family home but the address she had used while studying, police said.
The first time they had sex, both she and the boy said they engaged in intercourse and then she performed oral sex on him.
The boy told police they then had intercourse another three times at her home before January 11.
On January 12, another student told the school's athletic director about the affair and the boy was called into the principal's office for questioning.
He at first tried to deny the affair but then admitted it, stating that he did not want Boncal to get into trouble.
Boncal was placed on administrative leave and was later questioned by police.
"She stated that the victim was kind to her.
"Boncal stated that she loved the victim and was emotional regarding her feelings for him," her arrest warrant, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, said.
His parents do not wish to see her charged either, according to a Town of West Hartford spokesman.
Boncal was released on bail last week and is awaiting her next court appearance which is scheduled for March 1.
In a letter to parents, Principal Julio Duarte said: '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."
Boncal has not yet entered a plea.
Despite the fact the boy was of legal age when they had sex, prosecutors deem their encounters sexual assault because she was a teacher at the school he attended when they occurred.