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Arizona teacher gets 20 years for sexual abuse

Posted at 6:24 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 14:40:48-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A former elementary school teacher in a suburb of Phoenix will serve 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a 13-year-old student.

A judge Friday opted not to give Brittany Ann Zamora the maximum sentence possible under a plea agreement arising from multiple sexual encounters with the boy in a classroom at Las Brisas Academy in Goodyear and in her car in 2018.

They say some physical contact between Zamora, then 27, and the sixth-grader occurred during class while other students watched a video.

Zamora had faced more than 40 years in prison for her guilty pleas to sexual conduct with a minor, attempted child molestation and public sexual indecency.

Her plea deal calls for her to be sentenced to at least 20 years on the sexual conduct conviction and doesn't make sentencing recommendations.