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A former Arizona teacher who has admitted to sexually abusing one of her sixth grade students may have been grooming others, according to a police report.
Brittany Zamora, 28, took a plea deal last month, admitting guilt to sexual conduct with a minor, attempted molestation and public sexual indecency. She is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
A full police report, obtained and reviewed by The Arizona Republic, revealed she may have been grooming additional students at Las Brisas Academy Elementary School in Goodyear. The mother of a different student told investigators that Zamora promised to send her son nudes. She also allegedly asked that boy if he was circumcised and when he seemed befuddled by the question she showed him pictures of male genitalia on her phone to make the question more clear.
That boys’ parents did not want to press charges against Zamora.
The teacher was arrested last year after the parents of one of her sixth grade students 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 _____ you all day I would."
She and the 13-year-old student began chatting on an online instruction app called Class Craft.
Zamora was also accused of sending nudes to him. Later, the teen told police that he and Zamora had at least four sexual encounters in 2018, including once in her car after a talent show. During another incident, she authorities say asked another student to stand guard so she could make out with the victim at school while they prepared for said talent show.
Zamora apparently got even bolder too: the student told police the two would touch each other sexually in the classroom as the rest of the class watched videos.
Earlier this year, police released recorded interviews with both the victim and the boy she asked to stand guard.
“I was one of the witnesses, one of the people that saw Ms. Zamora and my friend … touch each other,” the friend said, adding that he was told to keep the whole thing secret.
Before her arrest, the victim’s parents called Zamora in a recorded phone call. During that conversation, she apologized and could not explain the alleged abuse.
“I ask myself the same question,” Zamora told them. “I just got really close after I think everything went down and we’re like, ‘How could that happen?’ … We just got close.”
She also pleaded for her life to not be destroyed. In that phone call, according to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com, she claimed she had already ruined her life and marriage by her actions.
Friday will determine the Zamora's fate.
Of the counts she pleaded guilty to, the sexual conduct with a minor charge alone can result in up to 27 years in prison.
In addition to whatever prison sentence she receives, the victim's parents have also filed a civil lawsuit against Zamora, her husband and the school district, seeking $2.5 million in damages. The lawsuit contends that the school did not properly monitor conversations between teachers and students on the Class Craft app. It also alleges that three students complained in written statements about their teacher’s relationship with the victim, complaints the school allegedly ignored.
"We did investigate," Richard Rundhaug, the school district's interim superintendent, told the Arizona Republic in a previous interview about the case. "We determined there were some elements of favoritism, and we gave the teacher some very specific direction on not allowing that favoritism to continue, and then we monitored to make sure those directions were followed."
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