GOODYEAR, ARIZONA — On March 21, 2018 an officer with the Goodyear Police Department received a phone call from Principal Timothy Dickey of Las Brisas Academy. The call’s purpose was to inform law enforcement of a possible sexual relationship between a 13-year-old student and his teacher. Her name was Brittany Zamora.
The officer used his body-worn camera to create an audiovisual record of his phone conversation with Tim Dickey.
There is nothing that would raise your suspicions in the video, but evidence discovered later in the investigation revealed that Principal Dickey was either forgetful or lying when he said that there was no history between the victim and Zamora. In fact, Dickey had been informed more than one month earlier of rumors that the victim and Brittany were “in a relationship,” that Brittany was favoring him and giving him A’s (despite his poor performance), that the victim and Brittany were spending an unusual amount of time together, and more. Photographs of his notes associated with the earlier disclosure are available on Patreon.
Ignoring his status as a mandatory reporter, Dickey instead took it upon himself to independently investigate the allegations. At the end of his investigation, Dickey decided it was appropriate to chastise the students, telling them that “they shouldn’t be spreading rumors like that about a teacher.”
That wrinkle – that the principal had been informed more than a month earlier – would form part of the basis for a civil suit filed by the victim’s parents against both the school district and Daniel Zamora. In that lawsuit, which the school district settled on July 16, 2021, the victim’s parents alleged that the school district was obligated to have notified law enforcement back when the rumors first came out in early-February 2018.
Daniel Zamora settled and was dismissed from the civil suit in 2019, in exchange for unknown consideration. Note that “unknown consideration” or “an undisclosed amount of money” could very well be zero dollars, as I previously discovered and revealed in relation to Asiana 214 victim Ye Meng Yuan and her family’s lawsuit against the City of San Francisco. Attorney Gretchen Nelson announced that the parties had reached “a confidential settlement on mutually agreeable terms,” but knowing that the City of San Francisco could not legally do such a thing, I inquired. Turned out the “mutually agreeable terms” were dropping the lawsuit. That’s it.
You should also know that Principal Tim Dickey was listed as a reference on Brittany Zamora’s job application, and that Dickey describes himself in another recording as having recruited Zamora to come to Las Brisas. The context of that statement, however, was Dickey beating himself up over having recruited Zamora.