A former teacher who admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old pupil has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Twenty-eight-year-old Brittany Zamora, from Goodyear in Arizona, was accused of having sex with the teen multiple times in a classroom. She was also accused of asking another student to act as 'lookout' while her and the boy had sex.
According to Arizona Republic, married Zamora spoke during her hearing to say: "I am a good and genuine person who made a mistake and regret it deeply.
"I lived my life respecting and trying to obey every law. I'm not a threat to society by any means."
In court she apologised to the victim, who wasn't at the hearing, and to his family, as well as her own.
Zamora was arrested in March 2018 when her crimes came to light, after the victim's parents discovered what had happened.
The parents say they noticed a change in his behaviour so set up a parental control app on his phone which would alert them if he received any 'inappropriate messages'.
After a warning came from the app, they confronted their son who told them he had been having sex with Zamora.
A victim impact statement from the mother read: "Brittany Zamora betrayed our trust and changed Victim A forever. Before, he was an innocent child, and now she stole his innocence from him. I hate Brittany Zamora for what she did to my son and family."
An attorney also read out a statement on behalf of the boy's dad.
"To Brittany Zamora, I hope you spend every waking moment in your prison cell thinking about the horrendous crime you committed that got you behind bars," the statement read.
"Now you'll spend the rest of your youth and most of your adulthood in jail... I will not allow you to interfere in my son's life further. Good triumphs over evil and you're just a dark shadow and our family will defeat you."
At an earlier hearing, the court was shown a number of explicit messages sent between Zamora and the teen, including one in which she said she wanted to have sex with him 'every day with no time limit'.
When she was arrested, Zamora told cops she feared for her safety behind bars.
She told officers: "I'm little. They're going to tear me apart," before asking for an attorney.
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