A former teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with two minors pleaded not guilty on Friday to 16 felony counts related to the allegations, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Andrea Cardosa was charged with 16 felony counts on Feb. 3 after a former student posted a video on YouTube of a phone conversation in which Cardosa admitted to having a sexual relationship with two girls.
The felony counts included five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child under 14, 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 is at least 10 years older than the victim, according to the DA’s office.
The former student who posted the YouTube video, 28-year-old Jamie Carrillo, claimed the abuse began when she was 12 years old and Cardosa was a basketball coach at a Riverside middle school.
Following the YouTube video, Alhambra police spoke with Cardosa, who admitted having a sexual relationship with “Jane Doe 1,” according to court documents.
The case was eventually turned over to authorities in Riverside, where the alleged crimes occurred.
Crimes against Jane Doe 1 allegedly occurred between 1997 and 2001, according to the DA’s office.
An 18-year-old women later accused Cardosa of abusing her while she was a student at Thomas Rivera Middle School in Perris and filed two claims against school districts that employed the woman.
Alleged abuse toward the second victim, identified by her attorney only as “Brianna,” was allegedly abused in 2009 or 2010, according to a criminal complaint.
The judge on Friday denied the defense’s motions to dismiss the case and reduce Cardosa’s bail, which remains at $5 million, according to John Hall, a spokesman for the DA’s office.
A felony settlement conference was scheduled for May 23.