Former assistant principal from Alhambra United School District facing life in prison for several sexual assault incidents with students.
By H. Nelson Goodson
February 4, 2014
Alhambra, California - On Monday, Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, was arrested and charged with five felony counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and 11 felony counts of abuse after she was exposed by Jamie Carrillo, 28, during a video recorded phone conversation posted in January on YouTube where it appears Cardosa admitted to repeatedly sexually assaulting Carrillo when she was just 12. Carrillo says, the sexual abuse continued for years. She was first sexually assaulted by Cardosa when she attended Chemawa Middle School in Riverside.
The YouTube sexual assault exposé went viral and a second female victim age 18, also came forward and accused Cardosa of also sexually assaulting her when she was just 14 at the Val Verde School District between 2009 to 2010 in Perris, CA. The woman who just wanted to be identified as Brianna has filed a lawsuit against the Val Verde School District claiming that school officials knew of Cardosa's behavior and failed to prevent the abuse. She seeks an unspecified amount for damages resulting from Cardosa's abuse.
Carrillo realized that Cardosa might never be prosecuted due to the statues of limitations expiring, but prosecutors charged Cardosa on Monday. Cardosa's attorney is expected to challenge the charges against his client claiming that the statues of limitations have expired and she shouldn't be prosecuted.
Cardosa befriended Carrillo's parents in order to spend more time with the students. She took Carillo on out of town trips to molest her at hotels. In the 18-year-old case, Cardosa also manipulated the victim's parents to allow her to spend more time with the girl.
The YouTube video link of Cardosa confessing was sent to the Alhambra School District administrators and they contacted the Alhambra Police Department. When Cardosa found out about the video and that the school district was investigating, she resigned.
If convicted, Cardosa is facing life in prison. A $5M bond was set for Cardosa, she remains in custody and is expected in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.