Former Arizona teacher Brittany Zamora was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the minimum term for someone who committed the crime she was charged for.
Zamora pleaded guilty to molesting a 13-year-old student. After she is released, she will be on probation for the rest of her life and must register as a sex offender. The 478 days she’s already served in prison, she got credit for.
The mother wrote that her son has struggled in the year since Zamora’s arrest. His life was uprooted, and he changed schools in the months after. He’s experienced difficulty sleeping and headaches in addition to wandering thoughts, depressed feelings, and anxiety. Well of course he is, he’s not with Zamora.
“I am a good and genuine person who made a mistake and regret it deeply,” Zamora said in a Maricopa County Superior Court hearing Friday morning. “I lived my life respecting and trying to obey every law. I’m not a threat to society.”
But outside the courtroom, Zamora in a statement read by her attorney blamed the child she sexually abused, and painted herself as the victim.
“This was not between a young child and Brittany — this was a teenager,” attorney Belen Olmeda Guerra said during a news conference following the hearing.
The sentencing marked the end of the sensational case of 28-year-old Zamora. The former Las Brisas Academy elementary teacher has drawn international attention since she was arrested more than a year ago for molesting one student and potentially grooming another. [USA Today]
I must say I am surprised to see a female get this long a sentence. Usually, it’s a slap on the wrist. While certainly not defending her actions, I am left wondering what a 13 yr old is doing with multiple cell phones and social media accounts. Guessing he doesn’t have the best parents in the world.
Don’t misunderstand I think what this teacher did was wrong. But when I was a young teenage boy, there was a show on (several actually) called Charlies Angels. I had the famous Farrah Fawcett poster that so many boys had. I know what boys that age think about, and I am reasonably sure that this young man is going to be just fine in the end. I am not arguing a double standard for the criminal aspects. But boys and girls are different in many, many respects. Despite the left’s attempt to deny our basic human instinct, heterosexual boys at least are very motivated for sex.
It’s different for females because they process sex differently than men. Don’t care to argue about it just pointing it out. I am glad she got a significant sentence because it is just wrong for any teacher to put herself in that type of position with a child. It’s just crazy. But let’s not turn the young boy into a head case now because the family is pursuing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the school district and this teacher. This little romp will likely mean mom and dad won’t have to pay for junior’s college, grad school, or any education. Let’s not lose sight of that fact.
I always wondered if it’s the publicity and public alienation that harms boys like this “victim.” If this had been quietly handled and his dad had given the boy a compassionate talking, he would have just remembered this with a grin for the rest of his life.