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January 24, 2014

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

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School officials in Alhambra, east of Los Angeles, would not comment on whether Cardosa’s resignation was connected to the video.

Laura Tellez-Gagliano, superintendent of the Alhambra Unified School District, said Cardosa had worked in Alhambra for less than four months and came with “stellar” recommendations.

Before arriving at Alhambra, Cardosa worked for three other school districts, teaching, serving as vice principal and coaching girls sports.

Each time she was hired, Cardosa passed all necessary background checks, according to officials at the Riverside Unified School District, Val Verde Unified School District and Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District.

Carillo’s attorney, David Ring, said Riverside police and school officials interviewed Carrillo and Cardosa in 1999 but did not file charges.

Because Carillo appears to have recorded the conversation without the other party’s knowledge, it’s unclear whether prosecutors can use the video as evidence. California law generally prohibits individuals from recording people without their knowledge.

And spreading such a recording on YouTube is risky, said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

“It’s fine to get the community involved, but if it spills over into vigilantism, then that becomes problematic,” Levenson said.

The California statue of limitations on child sexual abuse cases requires victims to come forward before their 28th birthday or, in some cases, within 10 years of the alleged offense.

Certain exceptions to the law allow the prosecution of cases of substantial sexual abuse, but the claims must be backed by corroborating evidence such as electronic records or witnesses, said defense attorney Alison Triessl, who is not involved in the case.

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