Teacher charged after YouTube exposé
Jamie Carrillo's YouTube confrontation with her alleged abuser Andrea Cardosa has led to her former teacher being charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse in the US.PT0M0S 620 349
Riverside, California: A US school administrator who quit her job after a former student made allegations against her on a YouTube video watched nearly a million times has been charged with 16 counts of sexually abusing two girls.
Andrea Cardosa, 40, was charged on Monday with five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and 11 other counts of abuse and could get life in prison, said the Riverside County District Attorney's office in Southern California.
She was arrested by deputies in the city of Perris soon after the charges were filed, and was expected to be arraigned on Thursday, district attorney's spokesman John Hall said.
Going public ... A woman who wanted to be identified by her first name, Jamie, speaks at a news conference in front of Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California, where the alleged offender Andrea Cardosa last worked.
The case came to light after a now 28-year-old woman posted the video on YouTube on January 17 showing her making a call to confront Cardosa about the abuse allegations that she said began when she was 12 and Cardosa was her basketball coach.
The video also was sent to the Alhambra Unified School District, where Cardosa was working as an assistant principal.
The superintendent immediately referred the case to police, and Cardosa resigned the same day.
Former educator Andrea Michelle Cardosa could face life in prison after a former female student accused her of sexual abuse in a YouTube video that went viral.
The video was viewed nearly 1 million times just days after it was posted on YouTube, and a second alleged victim later came forward.
Because the five aggravated sexual assault charges carry a life sentence, the statute of limitations does not apply though the alleged crimes took place between 1997 and 2001, district attorney's spokesman John Hall said.
Fifteen of the counts stem from allegations of abuse against the woman, named Jamie, who posted the YouTube video, and one stems from abuse allegations related to the second woman, named Brianna.
Brianna said she came forward after watching Jamie's video.
In it, Jamie phones Alhambra High School, where receptionists connected her to a woman who identifies herself as Cardosa.
"You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself," Jamie says.
"I am. I am," the woman says. "I regret it every day. Every day."
Jamie does not give specifics of the alleged abuse in the video.
School district officials said Cardosa was hired in October after she passed criminal background checks and came with a clean record from her previous employer.
Brianna, who is now 18, said Cardosa befriended her mother while Brianna was a student at Tomas Rivera Middle School in Perris in 2010.
She then "groomed" Brianna by giving her movie tickets, sweets and lunch trips and calling her special, then made several sexual advances, inappropriately touching her and abusing her, according to a legal claim filed by her lawyer.
Jamie said she came forward because her daughter is about the age she was when the abuse began and she wanted to prevent other kids from being molested.