Brittany Zamora’s attorney, Belen Olmedo Guerra, suggested that the boy’s behavior may have been to blame for Zamora’s sex abuse conviction early this month in Arizona. After the trial’s conclusion, Guerra shockingly refused to admit her client’s guilt, and said: ‘I have represented Brittany Zamora for almost 16 months and I can tell you that she is not a monster. Brittany is not a predator and this was not between a young child and Brittany.’ ‘This was a teenager…She is not a danger to society.’ Guerra went on to say that the Timothy Dickey, the principal at Las Brisas Academy, where Zamora, 28, taught sixth grade, refused to remove the boy from Zamora’s class.
Zamora ‘implored Principal Dickey to move him because the teenager had boundary issues and was obsessed with Brittany. I’m not making that up. I learned that from Principal Dickey,’ her lawyer said. Guerra went on to say that the boy had ‘many, many behavioral issues’ and was ‘very aggressive.’ ‘He even was very persistent in asking Britannia about her birthmarks, moles, or anything else that could be an identifiable piece of information.
This was before authorities were contacted,’ she said. Guerra’s statements were unexpected because just moments before, Zamora seemed to take full responsibility for the crimes she was convicted of. She pleaded guilty to a multiple charges related to her sexual relationship with the boy and before she received her 20 year sentence, said: ‘I’m ashamed of my actions and completely remorseful and regret what took place.’
Zamora was arrested in March 2018 after the boy’s parents became aware of her sexual relationship with their son, which led to at least four sexual encounters – some of which occurred in the school. The boy’s parents were tipped off to the sex abuse after they installed a monitoring app on their son’s phone. The app flagged the word ‘baby,’ which had been used constantly in the chat between Zamora and the boy.
The parents then confronted their son, who admitted he had sex with his teacher. Investigators say Zamora engaged in sex acts with the boy at his grandparents’ home, in her car, and even in the classroom. Zamora also engaged in explicit flirting with the boy on Instagram. Once the teacher wrote: ‘If I could quit my job and fuck you all day I would.’
After the boy’s parent’s became aware of the abuse, both Zamora and her husband, Daniel, spoke with them on the phone to try to ‘settle’ the issue ‘outside.’ The teens father said his son has been ‘scarred mentally’ by the abuse.