A female teacher from Arizona was arrested after being accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student. Messages were leaked from the pupil’s phone.
Brittany Zamora, a 27-year-old teacher at the Las Brisas Academy of Goodyear, Arizona, was under scrutiny from the police after a mother of a 13-year-old found disturbing messages on her son’s phone.
Brittany was arrested on Thursday on account of sexual misconduct and ten other charges, including two molestation counts. The sexual misconduct was reported to the Goodyear Police by the school principal of the Las Brisas Academy after the mother of 13-came forward with the text messages.
According to the police, the text messages indicated ‘sexual activity’ as part of the investigation and have allegedly taken place both on and off the school campus.
Zamora is opposite of what the charges against her indicated. On social media, she is seen skydiving, dancing at her wedding and possibly being the most fun teacher and wife one could have. Her family, friends and the people around her were shocked to hear of the allegations and of her arrest.
While talking to 12 News, the school released a statement on the incident saying that when the allegations came in, they “immediately” reported them to the police, and they begun their initial investigation. “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.”
The statement further went, “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 #1 priority. Transparency is equally important. We are fully cooperating with the Goodyear Police Department and will comment further at the appropriate time.”
According to Jennifer Qualls, the next-door neighbor of Zamora, she was shocked to hear that her neighbour would do such a thing to her loving husband, Daniel. She said, “When you see them together they seem very happy.”
As a mother to a teen herself, Qualls stated that an incident like this questioned her belief on a student being able to trust her teacher. She said, “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 realized you should’ve worried more.”
Talking to Fox 10 Phoenix, Lisa Kutis from the Goodyear Police Department said, “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.”
However, one female student said that rumors had already begun about Brittany and the student relationship. She said, “We all had suspicions because they were really close. I hoped it was just rumors going around school.”
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