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Educator charged with sexual abuse in YouTube case

Video Abuse Allegations
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A California educator who was confronted by a former student on a YouTube video seen hundreds of thousands of times was charged Monday with 16 counts of sexual abuse, prosecutors said.

Andrea Cardosa, 40, was charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and 11 other counts of abuse, the Riverside County District Attorney's office said in a statement.

Cardosa's lawyer, Randy Collins, said he couldn't immediately comment as he had not yet been advised by prosecutors of the charges.

The case came to light after a now 28-year-old woman posted a video on YouTube last month showing her making a call to confront Cardosa about the abuse allegations that she said began when she was 12.

The video also was sent to the Alhambra Unified School District, where Cardosa was working as an assistant principal. Officials referred the case to police, and Cardosa resigned.

The video was viewed nearly 1 million times just days after it was posted on YouTube, and a second alleged victim later came forward.

A $5 million warrant has been issued for Cardosa's arrest, the district attorney's office said. If Cardosa is convicted, the five aggravated sexual assault charges could carry a life sentence, the statement said.

Fifteen of the counts stem from allegations of abuse against the woman who posted the YouTube video, and one stems from abuse allegations related to the second woman.

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ummmdee February 04 2014 at 7:32 AM

I commend her for publicly making that phone call.The reason she didnt go to the police if i remember correctly was that she thought the statue of limitations had run out for her.She was making that phone call to try to get her life together by making that teacher acknowledge what she had done so many years ago. This was a real eye opener for me to see that abuse takes on many different faces.We always hear about men being the abusers of boys and girls,but to shed light on the fact that this was a women abusing a girl made me realize women can be just as abusive.....very sad story she had her childhood destroyed at the hands of teacher,someone she was to trust.I hope this Cardosa spends alot of jail time remembering exactly what she took away from that girl and is haunted by her own actions for the rest of her life.

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Laura ummmdee February 04 2014 at 7:34 AM

Don't understand why women get less time than men for abuse

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kyledddc Laura February 04 2014 at 8:41 AM

They may get less time if the judge is also gay. lol

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Amy ummmdee February 04 2014 at 7:58 AM

I completely agree with you. The child's life is overwhelming affected and unfortunately the abuser is probably a phychopath or a socieopath and they are just as overwheliming evil and don't care what they do to children, and it's their cowardness, attacking the most vulnerable that is so shocking. God Bless these victims.

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Franco February 04 2014 at 10:14 AM

I am stunned! :/

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eeverettm February 04 2014 at 2:50 PM

Female teacher lusting after her female students? Where else is it safe to send your kids?
Disgusting!

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joycejq eeverettm February 04 2014 at 5:29 PM

I do not believe it is safe to send a child anyplace any more without a parent along as a guard of the child's safety. In "my day," growing up, we, as well as our parents felt safe in advising us to go to a teacher/policeman/a neighbor for help. In today's world, a child is on it's own. Parents cannot tell their child to seek out either of these people for help because they are the very people preying on children.

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mjoutfit joycejq February 04 2014 at 8:56 PM

Who protects them from the parents? It is many times more likely a child is abused by parents than all outsiders combined.

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michaelg1444 February 03 2014 at 11:24 PM

why all rape, murder, and all violent crimes are not immediately posted on all social media is the problem....the faster it is revealed the faster and more facts will be preserved ...this is exactly why the founding fathers made the press, or media such a high priority.

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geeebsy michaelg1444 February 03 2014 at 11:40 PM

no, but the real reason would actually sicken you

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ranger197172 geeebsy February 04 2014 at 12:42 AM

If people knew how many sexual predators who have been convicted live in their neighborhoods, they would be terrified.

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Shirley michaelg1444 February 04 2014 at 12:46 AM

One only has to look up Megans Law & they can find out how many sex offenders are in their neighborhood.

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gardenwildrose February 03 2014 at 11:44 PM

Wish it had come out sooner goodness who knows how many more victims out there.

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ssass3101 February 03 2014 at 11:51 PM

why are there so many sick evil people out there
and where do they get their thoughts from
who in the h*ll can look at a kid and think sex!

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k.sheeley February 04 2014 at 10:38 AM

DISGUSTING!!!

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grlsrm200 February 04 2014 at 10:10 AM

Do sex perverts come in any one form? Of course not. I think it is shameful that some people resort to this. Male or female it disgusts me when children are involved . Any adult who imposes his/her authority or standing to make children do these things should get life. And why did it take so long ? Are you lidding me. Look how long it took some men to report sex offenses by priests. This crime is one which has ruined the lives of the innocent victims. They live in fear and shame. They can't face the abuser. It may take years and lots of agony to be able to find the strength to face thier abuser.

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lcourt1213 grlsrm200 February 04 2014 at 10:19 AM

you have it exactly right i feel the same way thanks to grlsmr200

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dvp83 February 04 2014 at 9:59 AM

This "educator" was placed in a position of trust to students who should have been able to trust her. She was also placed in a position of trust whereby parents trusted her to the care of their children. She violated these children, not just physically, but emotionally as well; and these children will carry that damage with them the rest of their lives.

Why does the violation by a female authority figure somehow seem to be less harmful than if the violation were perpetuated by a male authority figure? A pedophile is a pedophile - male or female. This creature preys on the young and naive, fragile and scared, innocent and confused, easily controlled and easy to manipulate, trusting and eager to please. This creature preys on
children and hunts those children the same as a hunter with a gun goes after a deer.

Sentence them to prison and let their fellow inmates know their reason for incarceration.

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Ed H February 04 2014 at 9:51 AM

now we will see if the "double standard" will once again and if she is found guilty will she receive a sentence similiar and equivalent to a sentence a Man would receive for same crime???

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