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Mesa private school principal arrested for alleged sexual conduct with minors

Aug 4, 2021, 4:15 AM | Updated: 7:15 am
Victor Zamora (Chandler Police Department photo)...
Victor Zamora (Chandler Police Department photo)
(Chandler Police Department photo)

PHOENIX — The principal of a private school in Mesa has been arrested for alleged sexual conduct with a minor on multiple occasions, authorities said Tuesday.

Victor Zamora, 40, was arrested at his home on July 22 and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on 15 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, a class 2 felony, the Chandler Police Department said in a press release.

He is being held on a $1 million bond.

Zamora was the principal and a teacher at Legacy Academy in Mesa, police said.

The man in 2019 allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a teen boy who was 16 years old at the time, and again a month later when the boy had turned 17 years old, according to court documents.

After eating dinner together in April of 2019, Zamora allegedly drove to a parking lot in Chandler with the teen where he engaged in sexual conduct with the boy in the man’s minivan, according to court documents.

A month later, Zamora allegedly picked the teen boy up from his Chandler home and drove him to an office in Mesa where he again engaged in sexual conduct with the teen boy, court documents stated.

Siblings of the teen boy attended Zamora’s school and the man allegedly attempted to recruit the teen to his school, according to authorities.

The man in July of this year during a confrontational phone call admitted to knowing the boy’s age and engaging in sexual conduct both times, according to court documents.

During an interview with authorities, Zamora admitted to engaging in sex acts with the teen boy and at least one other student of the school, court documents stated.

The second minor disclosed to authorities that Zamora had engaged in sexual conduct with him, according to court documents.

In addition to being principal of the school, Zamora was also active as a youth leader in various religious communities in the East Valley, police said.

The investigation is ongoing as Chandler police work with the Mesa Police Department and the Gilbert Police Department to locate additional victims, police said.

Additional victims can contact the Chandler Police at 480-782-4130, Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or the Gilbert Police Department at 480-503-6500.

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Mesa private school principal arrested for alleged sexual conduct with minors