An ex-teacher involved in an Arizona student sex scandal learned her fate during a sentencing hearing this week.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, court records show 28-year-old Bethany Zamora pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges that she engaged in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student as another juvenile male stood watch outside the classroom door.
According to Fox News, the court imposed a 20-year prison sentence, or the minimum penalty allowed by law for convictions on criminal counts of sexual conduct with a minor, public sexual indecency, and attempted child molestation.
Prior to hearing the sentence, she expressed remorse and attempted to rehabilitate a tarnished public image.
“I am a good and genuine person who made a mistake and regret it deeply,” she said. “I lived my life respecting and trying to obey every law. I’m not a threat to society by an means.”
The mother of the 11-year-old reportedly used as a lookout during the sexual assaults expressed a different opinion of the ex-teacher.
“Ms. Zamora lures these boys, earns their trust and then takes advantage of them purely to fill her own sexual desires,” the woman said in court. “She used her position of power to molest a child.”
Looking ahead to her new behind bars, Zamora told the court that she wanted to study for a different career upon release.
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[Featured image: Brittany Zamora/Goodyear Police Department]