An Arizona teacher was detained and arrested on Thursday, accused of inappropriate sexual misconduct with a middle school student in her class, but she apparently just wants to go to home to her husband, who allegedly knew about the incident.
NBC12 reports that Brittany Zamora reportedly molested a 13-year-old boy at Las Brisas Academy in Goodyear, where she worked as a 6th grade teacher. During her first court appearance on Friday, Zamora told a judge she would “love to go home to my husband.” The judge set her bail at $250,000.
According to the police report, Zamora, who was once named “Teacher of the Year,” had physical contact with the student both on and off campus. The boy’s parents discovered messages “indicating sexual activity” when they searched through their son’s text messages via an app developed to help parents track their children’s phone activities.
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“The text messages found are sexual in nature that allege an ongoing relationship between the two,” Lisa Kutis with the Goodyear Police Department said, according to CBS5. “As a result of an app, which alerted the parents to some keywords, they then checked the cell phone and discovered these text messages.”
After discovering the messages, the student’s parents informed the school. The district’s superintendent made arrangements for Zamora to arrive to campus for a meeting with the principal. Unbeknownst to the teacher, authorities were waiting on her.
“We made arrangements for the teacher to come to school today for a meeting with the principal, and the arrest took place before that meeting could take place,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Richard Rundhaug said.
Police reports indicate that on March 22, the boy’s father contacted authorities and told them that both Zamora and her husband were harassing him and pleading with him not to turn the teacher in to authorities. The suspect’s husband allegedly claimed that Zamora made a huge mistake and it would never happen again. Zamora’s husband also reportedly asked to meet up with the boy’s father and handle the situation “informally.”
According to court documents, there may have been a second victim who reportedly witnessed incidents of sex acts between the first victim and Zamora. The second victim allegedly said that the teacher showed him naked photos of herself.
Zamora is charged with sexual misconduct with a child, child molestation, and transmitting obscene material to a minor. She’s currently behind bars at the Fourth Avenue Jail. A status hearing is scheduled for March 29.
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