A 27-year-old teacher, Brittany Zamora, has claimed that she is worried about being torn apart in jail. The former school teacher, who has been accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy, has insisted during her arrest that prison inmates would “tear me apart”.
In exclusive bodycam footage obtained by 12news.com, Zamora is seen at the time of her arrest asking the police for an attorney. Zamora, who was initially smiling when she was being handcuffed in front of her car, asked the police to hide her face with her hair as they entered the Fourth Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix.
The footage also reveals Zamora’s refusal to talk once she was inside the interrogation room. When a detective said, “I’m going to give you an opportunity to explain what happened,” Zamora claimed, “Can I have an attorney?” It is at this point that she expressed her fear about the inmates when she said, “I’m little. They’re going to tear me apart.”
As the footage continues, we also get to see the 13-year-old boy’s stepmother explain what her son had told her. “So we just need you [her son] to tell us the truth, so we showed him the conversation and we said, ‘Who is this? Who are you talking to?’ And he said, ‘My teacher.’ So then my husband—we are very blunt with our kids. We are open and we have had conversations with him growing up and all that. And so my husband just told him, ‘Have you done anything with your teacher? Did you have sex with your teacher?’ And he said yes."
The parents of the West Valley teen had earlier sought $2.5 million from Goodyear elementary school, as they filed a notice of claim outlining their case against the Las Brisas Academy Elementary School. In their filing, the parents claimed that the school could have prevented the incident from happening.
Attorney, Michael Medina, is of the same opinion: “It was preventable. We want to hold the school district accountable so this never happens again in the future.”
Zamora was arrested in March when three students began expressing concern about the teacher’s relationship with her students. Soon after, the school’s principal contacted police, and reports said the boy’s parents had found graphic Instagram messages between the teacher and student, describing specific sexual acts. Zamora, who is due back in court in May, has pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including felony sexual conduct with a minor and molesting a child.