Former teacher Brittany Zamora files for divorce while imprisoned for molesting 13-year-old student

The former Goodyear teacher imprisoned for molesting her 13-year-old student has filed for divorce from her husband, according to court documents.

Brittany Zamora alleges that her relationship with her husband, Daniel Zamora, is “broken beyond repair” without “hope of reconciliation,” according to a petition for dissolution of the marriage filed in Maricopa County Family Court in late April.

The divorce filing comes nearly a year after Zamora started a 20-year sentence in the Arizona State Prison Complex – Perryville in Goodyear. She pleaded guilty to molesting a sixth-grade student and grooming another in June 2019.

Zamora and husband do not have any children together, according to the filing. She is not changing her name at this time and wrote that their Buckeye home and all community property they acquired during the course of their marriage should belong to Daniel Zamora following the divorce. The couple has been married for four years.

Daniel Zamora was served with the petition for divorce on April 30, according to a notice of service included in court documents. Court records indicate he has yet to respond.

Zamora will likely be in her 50s when she will be released from prison.

Husband asked victim’s parents to not contact police

Zamora was arrested in March 2018 and accused of molesting her sixth-grade student, including performing sexual activities with him while other students were in the classroom. The victim also told police he and Zamora had sex multiple times in her car and classroom — once with another male student in the room.

She was also accused of sending naked pictures of herself to the student, and police records indicate she may have been attempting to groom other students for sex.

The family of the victim filed a civil lawsuit against Liberty Elementary School District and Zamora’s husband, claiming they were aware of rumors for more than a month before the sexual abuse was revealed.

The lawsuit also accused Daniel Zamora of failing to alert authorities after he learned of the ongoing molestation. He settled for an undisclosed amount in 2019.

Police reports detail how Daniel Zamora called the father of the victim after he learned of his wife’s misconduct with the boy.

In a recording of the call police provided to The Arizona Republic, Zamora asked the parents to meet with her privately after they accused her of sexually abusing their son. She then put her husband on the phone.

He didn’t seem to know his wife’s relationship with the student went beyond a few text messages before the boy’s father told him otherwise.

“This whole situation is crazy,” Daniel Zamora told the boy’s father. “I’ve never heard of anything like this in my entire life. I understand as a parent you have to be livid and hurt. As a husband, I am distraught. I’m hurt.”

He pleaded with the boy’s parents to settle the matter without calling the police and tried to defend his wife, saying she was a good teacher who would do anything to help her students.

Police reports indicate Daniel Zamora also coached his wife during later calls to the parents by encouraging her to cry, apologize frequently and do whatever she could to seem helpless.

“Don’t admit to any relationship,” Daniel Zamora texted his wife. “Because we both know there isn’t one and nothing happened. Just stupid fantasy text that went too far.”

It’s not clear what kind of relationship — if any — the couple maintained following the sentencing.

The lawsuit against Liberty Elementary School District is ongoing.

*story by azcentral

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