Courtroom video shows a quiet Brittany Zamora sniffling and at times crying as she pleaded guilty Monday.
With her blonde highlights grown out since her arrest last year, the former Arizona teacher, 28, pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a minor, as well as other reduced charges of public indecency and molestation, according to court records, for having an ongoing sexual relationship with a then-13-year-old boy in her class at Las Brisas Academy.
She was arrested in March 2018 after the victim’s parents contacted police.
The boy’s stepmother told cops she noticed that he was behaving as if he had something to hide and that he wanted to shut his door at night. She said she installed a parental monitoring app on his phone and then began getting alerts about suggestive texts being sent to the boy’s phone.
According to police, Zamora allegedly called the parents of the boy in an attempt to convince them not to notify authorities. Unbeknownst to her, however, Zamora was being recorded. Audio of the call was released by officials earlier this year.
"You’re a child molester, do you understand me?" said the boy's father.
"Why do you say that?" Zamora answered.
Later she asked whether they can settle things "outside."
"Oh yeah, oh yeah, that’s what we can do so I can give you a chance to do it to some other kid, yeah, that’s exactly what we’re going to do ... no," the father replied.
Audio from the 13-year-old's interview with police was released then as well.
"She said she wanted to give me a [sex act] and my stuff is really big and stuff like that," the boy says.
When asked what he meant by stuff, the boy whispered in response "penis."
Prosecutors had previously released text messages between the boy and Zamora.
"OMG LOL You're so cute baby. I wish you could've stayed after with me," she wrote.