A female teacher was arrested on Thursday (March 22) for sexual misconduct, allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old student.
27-year-old Brittany Zamora, who worked as a sixth-grade teacher at the Las Brisas Academy in Goodyear, Arizona, is currently under investigation by the police after the boy’s mother raised the alarm following seeing explicit messages on her son’s phone.
Police officials have stated the text messages between Zamora and the student ‘indicate sexual activity’ which allegedly took place both at the school and off campus.
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The school district released a statement to 12 News following news of the arrest stating the incident was ‘immediately reported’ to the police.
It read in full:
In the late evening of March 21, 2018, a parent at Las Brisas Academy reported an allegation involving a staff member and a student. We immediately reported the incident to local law enforcement.
The investigation is in its preliminary stages and as more information becomes available, we will update you.
While employee privacy law does not allow us to comment on the employee issues, we have taken the corrective steps to separate the students and staff member and have reported the incident to the Goodyear Police Department for investigation.
The safety of our students is our number one priority. Transparency is equally important. We are fully cooperating with the Goodyear Police Department and will comment further at the appropriate time.
The news has come as a surprise to many of Zamora’s friends as she had been happily married to her childhood sweetheart, power station worker Daniel who she has known since she was 16, for three years.
A family friend, Chris, defended Zamora, who does not have any children, saying:
Utterly ridiculous. To me, it would be the same as saying the same thing about the Dalai Lama or Mother Teresa.
Whatever this is about, they’ll get to the bottom of it, I’m sure, eventually and clear her name.
Zamora’s next-door neighbour Jennifer Qualls also couldn’t believe the allegations but did add the claims are horrifying.
Especially if it’s your kid, and your kid’s getting that close with that teacher, you’re just thinking it’s just a student/teacher relationship, nothing to worry about. And then something like this happens, and you realised you should’ve worried more.
According to Lisa Kutis, a spokesman for the Goodyear Police Department, there are concerns Zamora had relations with more than the one student.
She spoke to Fox 10:
That’s part of our overall investigation. We’re not ruling that out.
The safety message here is parents need to be aware of their kids’ activities on phones and social media and be aware of who they are in contact with.
The allegations were brought to the principal by the parent of the victim who found text messages between the sixth-grade teacher and her 13-year-old male student indicating sexual activity both on and off campus.
Zamora faces several charges including nine counts of sexual conduct wit ha minor, one count of furnishing harmful material and two counts of molestation of a child.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.