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Former Arizona teacher Brittany Zamora, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a sixth grade student, has now filed for divorce from her husband.
From behind bars, Brittany filed for divorce from Daniel, who has been vocally supportive of her since before her 2018 arrest. Their relationship is "broken beyond repair" and without "hope of reconciliation," according to a petition for dissolution of the marriage, obtained by AzCentral.
The petition was filed in late April and Daniel was served with the divorce papers on Apr. 30, KPNX in Phoenix noted on Monday. Daniel has yet to respond to the filing.
The former teacher took a plea deal last year, admitting to sexual conduct with a minor, attempted molestation, and public sexual indecency. Her ongoing sexual contact with the 13-year-old boy — when she was 27 — was exposed after the victim's parents found disturbing texts on his phone.
“OMG, I love you,” one text from the teacher to the victim read, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com. In another, she wrote, “Omg lol you’re so cute baby.”
In yet another, she wrote, "If I could quit my job and f--k you all day I would."
The victim said Brittany sent him nudes and that they had at least four sexual encounters in 2018, including once in her car after a talent show. During another incident, she asked another student to stand guard so she could make out with the victim at school while they prepared for said talent show.
The family of the victim filed a $2.5 million civil lawsuit against the elementary school and Brittany's husband, claiming that both were aware of the situation yet failed to adequately report it. The lawsuit accused Daniel of covering for Brittany and coaching her to beg them to not press charges. The family even claimed that Daniel pleaded with them himself to not file charges against his wife, AzCentral reported. The lawsuit was settled with Daniel for an undisclosed amount last year.
Attorney Monica Lindstrom, who is not involved in the case, told KPNX that the filing could be to protect Daniel from other civil suits.
"Number one, of course, just like if they weren't in jail if they don't like the person and don't want to be married to them anymore,” she said. “Another reason could be that they do love that person and they want to protect them from any possible civil liability or seizure of assets or anything that could come from a civil lawsuit.”
Brittany doesn't plan to change her last name, KPNX reports.
The disgraced teacher was sentenced to 20 years last year and is expected to be released from prison when she is in her forties.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that Zamora would be in her fifties at the time of her expected release from prison. She will be in her forties. The story has been updated.
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