ARIZONA NEWS

Family sues Goodyear school where teacher allegedly molested student

Jan 22, 2019, 4:30 PM | Updated: Jan 23, 2019, 10:14 am
Brittany Zamora (MCSO Photo)...
Brittany Zamora (MCSO Photo)
(MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX — The parents of the 13-year-old boy who was allegedly molested by sixth-grade teacher Brittany Zamora have filed a lawsuit against Liberty Elementary School District, as well as Zamora’s husband.

The lawsuit alleges that Zamora, 27, used a school district resource called Classcraft to talk to students outside of school, including the boy she is accused of molesting at Las Brisas Academy.

It also claims that she used school district social media accounts to send explicit images to the boy, and that multiple instances of sexual activity occurred on school grounds in Zamora’s classroom.

“Had the school monitored this application, it would have known what was going on between Brittany Zamora and this sixth grader long before anything inappropriate had taken place,” Steven Weinberger, one of the lawyers who is representing the student and his family, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

According to the lawsuit, several teachers and three students reported inappropriate behavior between the teacher and student, but the principal did not further investigate or relay the information to the boy’s parents or law enforcement.

The boy’s stepmother first discovered that Zamora had been sending the boy inappropriate text messages through a monitoring app that alerted her to sexual keywords, then later found out about the alleged sexual conduct.

She reported to this to the principal, who then informed the Goodyear Police Department.

The boy’s parents are accusing the school district of negligence for failing to monitor its social platforms, failing to investigate reports about Zamora’s behavior and failing to relay those reports to law enforcement, as the suit states is required by state law.

Lawsuit on Scribd

The lawsuit also states that Daniel Zamora, the teacher’s husband, should have been aware of his wife’s actions and was negligent for not reporting that his wife was sexually involved with a minor.

The suit claims that he tried to harass the boy’s parents into not reporting the molestation to police.

There was no amount of money specified in the lawsuit, but the notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, asked for $2.5 million.

Zamora was charged with sexual conduct with a minor, molestation and transmission of obscene material in March.

She graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 and was pursuing a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ashley Flood contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Attorney General Mark Brnovich's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Man sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine in Arizona

A man was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for his role in trafficking methamphetamine in Arizona, officials said. 
22 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Sept. 23-25

Police find more fentanyl, Scottsdale tells HOAs they can't require overseeding and these Phoenix restaurants were highlighted this week.
22 hours ago
(AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)...
KTAR.com

Honduras man charged with high-speed flight from Arizona immigration checkpoint

An 18-year-old man from Honduras was charged with high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint last week, authorities said. 
22 hours ago
FILE - Family members and friends march seeking justice for the missing 43 Ayotzinapa students in M...
Associated Press

The role the Mexican Army had in the 2014 disappearance of 43 students

The Mexican army’s role in the disappearance of 43 college students and its links to organized crime are at the center of a case.
22 hours ago
Tania Estudillo Hernandez. (El Mirage Police Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Woman in El Mirage arrested for managing human smuggling operations

A woman was arrested Friday evening for her role in a human smuggling operation based in El Mirage, authorities said.
22 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police shoot, kill man throwing rocks at patrol car

Phoenix police are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a man throwing rocks at a patrol car died Saturday evening.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
...
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Family sues Goodyear school where teacher allegedly molested student