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January 24, 2014

Calif. vice principal, accused of sex abuse, quits; inquiry begins

LOS ANGELES — Authorities are investigating sexual abuse allegations against a former California vice principal made by a former student who secretly recorded what she presented as a telephone confrontation with the educator and posted the video on YouTube.

The case has generated wide attention because the video went viral, racking up more than 1 million views since Jan 17.

Andrea Cardosa, 40, resigned from her post at Alhambra High School on Jan. 17, a few hours after the video went live and someone forwarded it to school administrators.

Jamie Carillo, 28, says Cardosa coerced her into a sexual relationship when she was an eighth-grader at a Riverside, Calif., middle school in the late 1990s. At the time, Cardosa was a teacher there.

Carillo said she posted the video on YouTube because she thought it was the only way to get justice.

On Tuesday, a second woman came forward with allegations against Cardosa, according to Riverside police.

“We believe the video is serious enough to investigate. We have detectives working on this,” Riverside police spokesman Val Graham said.

Cardosa did not respond to requests for comment.

In the nine-minute video, Carillo is shown dialing a number using speaker-phone mode. A woman answers, telling her she has reached Alhambra High School. Carillo asks for “Andrea Cardosa.” She is redirected twice. Then a woman answers and agrees that she is “Cardosa.”

“You brainwashed me and you manipulated me. ... What you did was wrong,” Carillo says in the video.

“It wasn’t anything I intended,” the woman says quietly. “I don’t even know what happened.”

“You ruined my life. You ruined my childhood. Do you realize that?” Carillo responds, her voice raised. “You sicken me. You sicken me. And every day when I think about what you did, you sicken me.”

“I regret it every day,” the woman says. “Every day.”

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