A former high school administrator who has been charged with sexually assaulting two young female students admitted to investigators she had a sexual relationship with one of the alleged victims, according to court documents released Tuesday.
Andrea Cardosa, who was being held on $5 million bail after being charged Monday with 16 felony counts, told Alhambra police that she had a sexual relationship with a victim identified as Jane Doe #1, a detective’s court declaration stated.
She was due for arraignment Wednesday afternoon at the Hall of Justice in Riverside, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Cardosa resigned from her job as an assistant principal at Alhambra High School after being confronted Jan. 17 with a YouTube video posted by Jamie Carrillo, who said she had had a years-long sexual relationship with Cardosa beginning at age 12.
In the video, Carrillo calls Cardosa and confronts her over the phone. Cardosa does not deny Carrillo’s allegations, and says she regretted the relationship.
Carrillo, now 28, said Cardosa had come onto her when the older woman was her basketball coach at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside.
“Everything was stolen from me,” Carrillo told KTLA in an interview after the YouTube video was posted. “She just completely manipulated me into thinking that I needed her and I wanted it.”
Alhambra police said they investigated and passed the case onto Riverside County authorities after the video became public. In a case that had already drawn national attention, charges were announced Monday by the Riverside County DA’s office.
In a declaration in support of an arrest warrant for Cardosa, Riverside police Detective Roberta Hopewell wrote that two Alhambra police investigators interviewed Cardosa after being alerted to the YouTube video by school district officials.
Cardosa told the investigators that she had a relationship with “Jane Doe #1” when the girl was 15 or 16, then later said the girl might have been 14, according to the court document.
Cardosa had sexual relations with Jane Doe #1 “too many times to count” when she was between the ages of 12 and 14, the alleged victim told Hopewell. The relationship continued until the alleged victim was in her early 20s, according to the court document.
Then, after Riverside police began investigating, they learned of a second victim, now 18, who described Cardosa taking her for a ride to a secluded area, where she came on to “Jane Doe #2” in 2010, according to the declaration.
That alleged victim, whose attorney has asked to be named only as “Brianna,” filed claims against two school districts that employed Cardosa.
In the criminal complaint against Cardosa, Brianna was named as “B. G.” and mentioned only in one count. All 15 other counts referred to “J.C.”
Attorneys for both alleged victims said the women were pleased with Cardosa’s arrest.
Cardosa could face life in prison if convicted of five counts of aggravated sexual assault on at child under the age of 14.
Cardosa was also charged with five counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and six counts of lewd acts on a child 14 or 15 years of age while the defendant was at least 10 years older than the victim, according to the Riverside County DA’s Office.
In a written statement released before the court documents were made public, Cardosa’s attorney noted the “media wildfire.”
“Fortunately, our justice system requires more than a YouTube video to determine the facts of a case,” lawyer Randy Collins wrote, according to CNN. “As we proceed, I am certain that evidence will shed new light on all charges filed by the DA’s office against my client.”