A former Arizona teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old boy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Brittany Zamora, 28, from Goodyear, will receive credit for the nearly 500 days she has already served.
‘I am a good and genuine person who made a mistake and regret it deeply,’ Zamora said during a hearing on Friday morning, according to the Arizona Republic.
‘I lived my life respecting and trying to obey every law. I’m not a threat to society by any means.’
After apologizing to the victims and her family, she told Judge Sherry Stephens that she plans to earn a new degree in prison so she can start a new life when she gets out, reported the newspaper.
Per the conditions of her sentencing, she cannot be released on good behavior. This means that when Zamora is done serving her sentence, she will be 48 or 49 years old.
After she is released, she will need to register as a sex offender and then begin serving two lifetime terms of probation.
Zamora, who taught sixth-grade at Las Brisas Academy, was arrested in March 2018.
She was accused of having sex with the 13-year-old multiple times in a classroom, and, on one occasion, in front of another student while he served as a lookout.
Zamora was caught when the victim’s parents noticed he was acting strange, leading them to install an app on his phone called Sentry Parental Control, which monitors messaging apps for ‘suspicious content or behavior’.
The Sentry app sends parents alerts when it detects suspicious images and messages on a child’s device.
It also detects whether or not a child is exposed to inappropriate online content through its web monitoring feature.
When the teen’s parents started getting the alerts about inappropriate text messages, they confronted him.
That’s when the teen admitted to having sex with Zamora.
The boy’s parents were devastated by the affair.
He was not in court on Friday, but an attorney read a victim impact statement written by the mother.
‘Brittany Zamora betrayed our trust and changed Victim A forever,’ the statement read, according to the Arizona Republic.
‘Before, he was an innocent child, and now she stole his innocence from him. I hate Brittany Zamora for what she did to my son and family.’
Both the mother and father, who are divorced, asked that Zamora received the maximum sentence.
She received the minimum sentence for her crimes, according to the Arizona Republic.
‘To Brittany Zamora, I hope you spend every waking moment in your prison cell thinking about the horrendous crime you committed that got you behind bars,’ a statement from the boy’s father, and read by an attorney, said.
‘Now you’ll spend the rest of your youth and most of your adulthood in jail…I will not allow you to interfere in my son’s life further. Good triumphs over evil and you’re just a dark shadow and our family will defeat you.’
Pictured above are some of the text messages exchanged between the teenage boy and Zamora
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Mary Kekatos, Valerie Edwards