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‘They Wouldn’t Wish This On Anyone Else’: Family Of Brittany Zamora’s Victim Just Trying To Move On
A lawyer who represents the sixth grader's family said they are humiliated and are worried about how the abuse will impact him.
The family of a boy victimized by his 6th teacher Brittany Zamora has been trying to ignore the media circus surrounding the case and live a normal life, but it hasn’t been easy.
Last week, the former Arizona teacher was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for sexual conduct with a minor, attempted molestation of a child, and public sexual indecency. Zamora, 28, took a plea deal last month after being arrested in February in 2018. She and the victim began chatting on an online instruction app called Class Craft. Soon she was sending him nudes and sexually abusing him.
"If I could quit my job and _____ you all day I would,” one of several disturbing texts from the teacher to the victim read, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
Steven Weinberger, who represents the victim and his family, told Oxygen.com that the boy is “experiencing behavior issues that he did not have before that are a result of all of this.”
Weinberger said the family has taken the boy out of the school where the abuse occurred and moved him to a new school. Meanwhile, he said they try to ignore the news.
But, people aren’t necessarily ignoring them.
“While the family has done a great job shielding their identity from the media, there are those in their area and school [...] by process of elimination were able to” figure out who they are, Weinberger told Oxygen.com.
He said sometimes the family is approached while they are out in public and questioned by members of their community.
Weinberger called that “very difficult for them, very embarrassing, very humiliating.”
"They wouldn’t wish this on anyone else,” he said.
The lawyer said that the family worries about the future of the victim and his relationship with women because of the sexual abuse.
The victim's parents have also filed a civil lawsuit against Zamora and the school district, seeking $2.5 million in damages. They settled a lawsuit with Zamora's husband Daniel, who they say covered for Zamora and coached her to ask them to not press charges.
He said Daniel also spoke directly to the victim’s father and “tried to get them to not involve the police,” and “to settle the matter out of court.”
The lawsuit accused the husband of failing to alert the police after finding out about his wife’s actions.
Weinberger told Oxygen.com that the details of that settlement are confidential.
In the lawsuit, obtained by Oxygen.com, the victim's family says he "will experience severe emotional and psychological symptoms due to the sexual abuse he experienced."
The boy’s mom claims that he has changed.
"He is different with her [his mother]," the lawsuit notes. "He no longer looks at any female including his mother the same now that Zamora has worked her black magic.”
The mother "can feel the difference in him and the way he treats [her] but she cannot read his mind and she cannot make him well again."
Weinberger told reporters immediately after Brittany was sentenced that his clients are now setting their sights on the Liberty School District.
Belen Olmedo Guerra, the attorney who represented Zamora, has not returned Oxygen.com’s immediate request for comment.