California Educator Accused of Sexual Abuse via YouTube Jailed

A former Southern California educator was jailed on felony charges after a former female student accused her of sexual abuse in a YouTube video that’s gained nearly a million views. 

Fox News Latino reports that Andrea Cardosa, 40, quit her job as an assistant principal last month after the YouTube video went viral. She was arrested Monday night and charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and 11 other counts of abuse involving two victims. A second woman reported allegations against the educator after seeing the YouTube video. 

The case came to light after a now-28-year-old woman posted the YouTube video on Jan. 17, showing her making a call to confront Cardosa about the abuse that allegedly began when she was 12-years-old. At the the time, Cardosa was her basketball coach. 

In the video, a woman who chose only to be identified as “Jamie”, calls Cardosa, identifies herself, and confronts her about the sexual abuse. “You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself,” Jamie said.

“I am. I am,” the woman said. "I regret it every day. Every day.”

The specifics of the abuse are not discussed in the video.

The video was sent to the Alhambra Unified School District, where Cardosa worked as an assistant principal. The superintendent referred the case to the police, and Cardosa resigned the same day.

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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