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A former Arizona teacher who sexually abused a sixth-grader has once again stepped into a teacher role, only this time it's in prison.
A spokesperson for the corrections program told Law&Crime that Zamora asked for the assignment. Her request was accepted after an internal review process found she “met the requirements” as she has had “no disciplinary issues." She's serving 20 years for multiple sexual crimes with a former child student and is currently in Arizona’s Perryville, a mixed security all-women prison.
A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Corrections told Law&Crime that tutors and teachers are never left with their students without supervision.
“Inmate Zamora assisted the education staff in teaching the inmate students, in a group setting,” they stated. “She was directly supervised while working at all times by educational instructors, and the classrooms are routinely checked and monitored.”
The former teacher took a plea deal in 2019, admitting to sexual conduct with a minor, attempted molestation, and public sexual indecency. Her ongoing sexual contact with the 13-year-old sixth grader — 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 previously obtained by Oxygen.com.
In another, she wrote, "If I could quit my job and f--k you all day I would."
The victim said Zamora 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 that talent show.
Prior to the tutoring assignment, she completed three kitchen helper jobs while behind bars, prison records reveal. She is no longer tutoring and now working as a porter at Perryville.
“Inmate Zamora was not administratively removed from her position as a tutor for any reason,” the spokesperson for the prison system told Law&Crime. “It was upon her request that she simply wanted a different job.”
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