New allegations have surfaced against an Arizona sixth-grade teacher accused of engaging in sexual activities with a 13-year-old student.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 27-year-old Brittany Zamora was arrested in March and indicated her husband was aware of her relationship with the minor.
According to the New York Post, evidence suggests the Goodyear school where the molestation allegedly took place likely knew of complaints against Zamora prior to her arrest.
Students at Las Brisas Academy reportedly told school administrators that they suspected Zamora was “dating” a student at the school. Principal Tim Dickey reportedly produced notes he took during that meeting about six weeks prior to the suspect’s arrest.
According to one line in his notes, a student “heard other kids” in class spread rumors that “they are dating.”
Dickey wrote that another student shared claims of a relationship that extended off campus.
At that time, school reports indicate that officials found little evidence to support the students’ claims.
“We did investigate,” said Superintendent Richard Rundhaug. “We determined there were some elements of favoritism, and we gave the teacher some very specific direction on now allowing that favoritism to continue, and then we monitored to make sure those directions were followed.”
It was not until the alleged victim’s parents found inappropriate text messages from the teacher on his phone that police became involved. The boy’s father said he is exploring the possibility of a lawsuit against the school district in the wake of the allegations.
“I want the school to be held accountable for what they’ve done and change rules and make it to where this can never happen to parents, another parent’s child,” he said.
Zamora faces criminal counts including sexual molestation of a child, furnishing harmful material and sexual conduct with a minor.
[Feature Photo: Brittany Zamora/MCSO]