Phoenix teacher reportedly fell in love with student she allegedly abused

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- New details have emerged about the alleged relationship between a Valley elementary school teacher and a 14-year-old girl.

According to a police report, 28-year-old Kimberly Ali and the girl had sexual conduct multiple times during a two week period in July.

Ali told police that she would pick the girl up near her home and drive behind a Fry’s store at 10675 W. Indian School Road where they would engage in sexual contact.

Ali also told authorities that she took the girl to her house where they were “intimate.”

Following her arrest, Ali reportedly told investigators that she knew what she was doing was a mistake, but that she had fallen in love with the girl and just forgot about her age.

Ali was arrested Monday at her home. She was booked on nine counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of sexual abuse.

Phoenix police said the victim is a student at Sonoran Sky Elementary School where Ali teaches, but Ali is not her teacher.

The victim's mother contacted police after discovering what appeared to be sexting-type messages between her daughter and Ali on the teen's cellphone.

During an initial interview with the victim, detectives were advised of the text messages and also emails and Facebook messages indicating the victim and Ali may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship, which included sexual contact, according to police spokesman Officer James Holmes.

Detectives said the relationship between the victim and the suspect began with social media contact as early as April and then evolved into physical, sexual contact in July.

Holmes said the victim also talked about gifts that Ali had given her, which the mother had saved as evidence.   

Police said there are no indications any of these acts occurred on or around school property.

This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.