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YouTube Sex Abuse Allegations Lead to Felony Charges Against Ex-Teacher

A former administrator at Alhambra High School was charged Feb. 3, 2014, with 16 felony counts alleging she sexually abused two female students while working as a teacher in Riverside County.

The charges against 40-year-old Andrea Cardosa came 17 days after one of her students posted a YouTube video that showed an emotional phone call between the two. In the video, Jamie Carrillo confronts Cardosa about the alleged abuse, and the former teacher does not deny it. Cardosa resigned the day the video was posted.

Several days later, an 18-year-old student came forward and alleged she was also a victim of Cardosa. Asking that his client be identified only as “Brianna,” her attorney filed claims against two school districts that employed Cardosa.

The criminal case against Cardosa alleges abuse of both Carrillo, identified as Jane Doe 1, and the second woman, described as Jane Doe 2.

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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.

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Andrea Cardosa is shown in a booking photo on Feb. 3, 2014. (Credit: Riverside Police Department)

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.

A former educator who has been charged with 16 felonies in connection with alleged sexual relationships with two young students appeared Wednesday at a Riverside courthouse where her arraignment was postponed.

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Andrea Cardosa is shown in a booking photo on Feb. 3, 2014. (Credit: Riverside Police Department)

Andrea Cardosa, 40, was charged Monday, 2 1/2 weeks after a former student posted a YouTube video of a phone conversation in which Cardosa did not deny a years-long sexual relationship between the two women.

Appearing in shackles and a blue jumpsuit at the Hall of Justice, Cardosa saw her arraignment postponed to March 7. She was ordered held on $5 million bail.

When she walked out of the courtroom with sheriff’s deputies, a woman in the audience cried out, “Godspeed, baby girl.”

In the YouTube video, Jamie Carrillo, now 28, alleged that her abuse by Cardosa began in the late 1990s, when the older woman was a basketball coach at a Riverside middle school. Carrillo was 12 at the time.

Cardosa resigned from her job as an assistant principal at Alhambra High School after Carrillo sent the YouTube video to school administrators on Jan. 17, the day the video was posted.

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Jamie Carrillo, who says she was molested as a child, spoke exclusively to KTLA 5 on Jan. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

School district officials called Alhambra police, who talked to Cardosa. She admitted having a sexual relationship with “Jane Doe 1,” according to court documents, which refer to the YouTube video posted by Carrillo.

Alhambra police turned the case over the authorities in Riverside County, where the alleged crimes occurred.

Later, another woman came forward and said she was also abused by Cardosa while she was a student in Perris. That 18-year-old woman, whose attorney asked that she be identified only as “Brianna,” filed two claims against school districts that employed Cardosa.

The 16 charges against Cardosa include one related to the second alleged victim. The crime against Jane Doe 2 allegedly occurred in 2009 or 2010, according to the criminal complaint.

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Andrea Cardosa leaves the courtroom in Riverside on Feb. 5, 2014. (Credit: pool)

Cardosa faces life in prison if convicted of any of five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child under 14, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

She 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 is at least 10 years older than the victim.

The crimes against Jane Doe 1 allegedly occurred between 1997 and 2001, according to the DA’s office.

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.

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Andrea Cardosa is shown in a booking photo on Feb. 3, 2014. (Credit: Riverside Police Department)

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.

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Jamie Carrillo, who says she was molested as a child, spoke exclusively to KTLA 5 on Jan. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

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.

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Jamie Carrillo provided this photo she said showed her posing with the woman she accused of abusing her for years.

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.”

A woman who was accused in an emotional YouTube video of sexually abusing a young student beginning in the late 1990s has been charged with 16 felony counts, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

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Jamie Carrillo provided this photo, saying it showed her with Andrea Cardosa, left.

Andrea Michelle Cardosa, 40, was charged in connection with alleged illegal sexual contact with two underage students when she was a teacher and administrator in Riverside County.

After a $5 million warrant had been issued for her arrest, Cardosa was taken into custody at 5:45 p.m. Monday in Perris by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department warrant team.

She was expected to be arraigned in the Riverside Hall of Justice on Thursday, according to the DA’s office.

Cardosa resigned from her job as an administrator at Alhambra High School on Jan. 17, the same day that a woman named Jamie Carrillo posted a YouTube video in which she said Cardosa did not deny their past sexual relationship.

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Andrea Cardosa was taken into custody at 5:45 p.m. Monday in Perris. (Credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Carrillo, now 28, titled the video “A call to my childhood rapist teacher.”

“I was only 12 years old when I met you. Do you realize that you brainwashed me and you manipulated me and that what you did was wrong?” Carrillo said in the video.

“Yes. And I regret it. I only — I just wanted to help you,” Cardosa responded.

“How is having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student helping?” Carrillo said.

“That wasn’t anything that I intended. And I didn’t know what happened,” Cardosa said.

“You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself,” said Carrillo.

“I am. I am,” said Cardosa.

The video has since been removed from YouTube. The DA’s office confirmed Monday that Cardosa was the call’s recipient, as Carrillo had stated.

On the day it was posted, the video was sent to administrators at Alhambra High School, where Cardosa was an assistant principal. School district officials alerted Alhambra police and announced publicly that Cardosa had resigned. Investigators turned the case over to authorities in Riverside County, where the alleged crimes occurred.

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Jamie Carrillo, who says she was molested as a child, spoke exclusively to KTLA 5 on Jan. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Several days later, another woman came out and accused Cardosa of abusing her, holding a news conference with her attorney, who filed a claims against two school districts that employed Cardosa. Her attorney asked that his 18-year-old client only be identified as “Brianna.”

On Monday, 17 days after the YouTube video was posted, Cardosa was charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child under the age of 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 was at least 10 years older than the victim, according to the DA’s office.

Cardosa faces life in prison if convicted of the aggravated sexual assault counts.

The crimes involving Carrillo, who was described by the DA’s office as Jane Doe 1, allegedly took place between 1997 and 2001, when the victim was in middle school and high school.

The second victim, identified as Jane Doe 2, was allegedly abused while she was in high school in Perris in 2009 or 2010, the DA’s office stated.

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Brianna’s attorney asked that her face not be shown during a Jan. 23, 2014, news conference. (Credit: KTLA)

Carrillo said she had been advised by her attorney not to comment on the charges, but pointed to a brief statement on her personal Facebook profile.

The post stated Carrillo had just learned of the arrest warrant and the charges, which she listed.

“She is not in custody yet,” Carrillo wrote. “But I am pleased to hear that justice will be served.”

After the YouTube video surfaced, Carrillo spoke exclusively to KTLA, explaining why she made the call to Cardosa and posted the video.

“I want her to be in jail and pay for what she’s done,” Carrillo told KTLA. “She shouldn’t be around children. That’s what made me do this.”

 

A second woman made public allegations of sexual abuse on Thursday against a former Alhambra High School administrator who resigned after a first alleged victim accused her in a widely watched YouTube video.

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Andrea Cardosa is seen in a yearbook photo.

At a news conference with her attorney, the 18-year-old woman, identified only as Brianna, said she was abused as a 14-year-old student in Val Verde Unified School District by Andrea Cardosa, the former Alhambra High administrator.

A claim against the school district — the first step toward a civil lawsuit — was filed Wednesday by Brianna’s attorney.

Speaking at the news conference with reporters, Brianna said the district should have protected students. The alleged abuse occurred at Thomas Rivera Middle School in Perris in 2009 and 2010, according to the claim, more than a decade after the abuse alleged in the YouTube video.

“This should have never happened, and I don’t wish this upon anybody,” Brianna said.

The legal action came five days after a 28-year-old Victorville woman, Jamie Carrillo, posted an emotional video showing her making a phone call to a woman she said sexually abused her for years. In the video, the woman confirmed she was “Ms. Cardosa” and did not deny the relationship.

Carrillo said Cardosa had been her basketball coach at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside when the alleged abuse began. The caller said she regretted and was ashamed of the sexual relationship that Carrillo asked her about.

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Jamie Carrillo provided this photo she said showed her posing with the woman she accused of abusing her for years.

“I want her to be in jail and pay for what she’s done,” Carrillo told KTLA in an interview. “She shouldn’t be around children.”

Cardosa resigned from her position as an assistant principal shortly after a link to the YouTube video was sent Jan. 17 to administrators at Alhambra High, the school district’s superintendent said. Cardosa had worked for the Alhambra Unified School District for four months, according to the superintendent.

Alhambra police were alerted to the video, and they turned the matter over to Riverside police, who said they were investigating the allegations. No crimes occurred in Alhambra, police said.

Shortly after Carrillo posted the video, she was contacted by Brianna, who said she too had a relationship with Cardosa.

“She began to bribe me with things like movie tickets, candy bars and a trip to lunch and all kinds of stuff,” Brianna wrote in a message that Carrillo shared with KTLA. “Now I realize that, after everything, she was obsessed with me. Maybe in love.”

Brianna wrote that she recognized Cardosa’s voice from Carrillo’s YouTube video. Seeing the video on television, Brianna “‘put the pieces of the puzzle together’ and … discovered that she too had been sexually molested by Andrea Cardosa,” the legal claim against Val Verde Unified stated.

“I stopped talking to her about my sophomore year because I just completely felt uncomfortable by her,” Brianna wrote to Jamie Carrillo. “I don’t want money or anything, but to just simply tell you that there are other girls out there.”

Brianna was being represented by Luis Carrillo, who has been the attorney for victims of Mark Berndt, the former Miramonte Elementary School teacher who pleaded no contest in November to 23 counts of lewd conduct in a sexual abuse scandal at the LAUSD campus.

Luis Carrillo asked that Brianna only be identified by first name, and he asked television news stations to blur her face. Copies of legal documents were shown to news media with the plaintiff’s surname blacked out.

Brianna’s alleged experience with Cardosa, the attorney said, was a lot like Jamie Carrillo’s.

“The similarities are eerie, are scary — the manipulations for both kids,” Luis Carrillo said.

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Brianna’s attorney asked that her face not be shown during a Jan. 23, 2014, news conference. (Credit: KTLA)

He called for schools to keep any complaint against employees in their personnel files for 20 years.

In addition to filing a claim against Val Verde Unified, Brianna filed a claim against Riverside Unified School District, where Jamie Carrillo was a student.

That claim states the Riverside school district failed to adequately monitor Cardosa and protect students from sexual predators, and negligently “provided positive information about Ms. Cardosa” when she applied for a job at Val Verde Unified.

The claim against Val Verde Unified stated the district knew about Cardosa’s “propensity to sexually abuse and/or sexually harass students” before the alleged relationship with Brianna.

Both claims were for monetary damages.

At the news conference, Carrillo did not go into details about the alleged relationship between Brianna and Cardosa. Brianna spoke briefly, saying Cardosa had turned her against her mother. Cardosa made Brianna think “all I needed was her,” the teen said.

“My mother was the first victim — by convincing my mother that she would do great in my life,” Brianna said.

Val Verde Unified School District Chief of Security Chris Wynn acknowledged the allegations in a one-sentence statement.

“We are fully cooperating with law enforcement and now that it is a matter of pending litigation, comments will not be made,” Wynn said.

KTLA has been unable to reach Cardosa for a response to the allegations.

KTLA’s Christina Pascucci contributed to this article.

Riverside police say a second person has come forward to make allegations against an educator who was accused in a YouTube video of molesting a student more than a decade ago.

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A second person has come forward to make allegations against an educator who was accused in a YouTube video of molesting a student.

Police say they are investigating both allegations but would not provide more details.

On Friday, a 28-year-old woman posted a video on YouTube in which she purportedly calls her former teacher and accuses her of molestation. The woman says in the video that the alleged abuse occurred when she was a teenager in Riverside.

The video names the alleged abuser and identifies her as an employee of Alhambra High School.

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Alhambra High School students returned to class Tuesday after their assistant principal resigned, following a woman’s allegations in a YouTube video that the administrator had sexually abused her for years.

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Jamie Carrillo stands with her attorney, David Ring, and her fiance at a news conference on Jan. 20, 2014.

Jamie Carrillo, now 28, posted an emotional video on Jan. 17 that depicted a secretly recorded phone conversation in which she confronted her alleged abuser about sexual relations that she said began when she was a 12-year-old student in Riverside.

Carrillo said she was abused by Andrea Cardosa, who was her basketball coach and later became an administrator at Alhambra High. KTLA has not been able to reach Cardosa for a response.

In the video, the woman who answered the call confirmed that she was “Ms. Cardosa” and did not deny Carrillo’s allegations.

“I was only 12 years old when I met you. Do you realize that you brainwashed me and you manipulated me and that what you did was wrong?” Carrillo said in the video.

“Yes. And I regret it. I only — I just wanted to help you,” the woman responded.

“How is having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student helping?” Carrillo said.

“That wasn’t anything that I intended. And I didn’t know what happened,” the woman said.

“You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself,” said Carrillo.

“I am. I am,” said the woman.

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Jamie Carrillo provided this photo that she said showed her with Andrea Cardosa.

On the evening of the day the video surfaced, Cardosa resigned from her position at Alhambra High, according to Alhambra Unified School District Superintendent Laura Tellez-Gallano. An email was sent to parents stating that police were contacted after administrators “received an electronic message with a youtube link incriminating an Alhambra High School administrator.”

Cardosa had only been with the district for four months, Tellez-Gallano said.

On Tuesday, Alhambra High student Nicole Gonzales said the news “shocked” and “scared” her.

“I just want justice for that girl,” said her mother, Marcela Gonzales. “Hopefully it won’t happen again. And I’m glad she’s not here anymore.”

No crime occurred in Alhambra, Alhambra police said on Facebook. The case was referred to “the police agency where the crime occurred,” and that agency had taken over, the Facebook post stated.

Carrillo said her abuse had begun when she was a student at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside, where her then-basketball coach allegedly first kissed her in the locker room.

A source inside Riverside Police Department confirmed that investigators were looking into the case.

“I was just a kid,” Carrillo told KTLA in an interview. “I just wanted somebody to like me. And I guess I got it, just not in a way that I wanted.”

She said she was moved to call her alleged abuser after seeing a television program about a girl who was sexually abused. She Googled “Andrea Cardosa” and found she was now working at Alhambra High, Carrillo said.

“I want her to be in jail and pay for what she’s done,” Carrillo told KTLA. “She shouldn’t be around children. That’s what made me do this.”

Carrillo hired an attorney after the YouTube video garnered so much attention.

At a Monday news conference near Alhambra High, lawyer David Ring stood by Carrillo, saying a civil lawsuit was a possibility. He said Carrillo was not aware that California law made the secret recording of her phone conversation illegal.

It was not certain exactly how California’s statute of limitations might apply to a potential civil or criminal case, Ring said.

Riverside school officials had investigated the relationship between the student and her coach when Carrillo was 12, but Cardosa was allowed to resign and continued working as an educator with no professional repercussions, according to Ring.

“That’s typically called ‘passing the trash,’” Ring said.

When she was questioned by investigators at the time, Carrillo said she told them that Cardosa had kissed her.

Carrillo hopes “other victims” will come forward, she said at the news conference. In the past, Cardosa had threatened to kill herself if she reported the relationship, Carrillo said.

KTLA’s Sara Welch, Eric Spillman and Melissa Pamer contributed to this report.

An administrator at Alhambra High School has resigned after a former student posted a video on YouTube that showed the young woman confronting the instructor she said abused her for years.

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Jamie Carrillo, who says she was molested as a child, spoke exclusively to KTLA on Jan. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Jamie Carrillo recorded video of an emotional phone conversation that showed her calling her alleged female abuser and demanding answers.

Carrillo, 28, spoke exclusively to KTLA after she posted the video online Friday. She planned to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

On the call, Carrillo can be heard talking about the basketball coach she knew as Ms. Cardosa, from Chemawa Middle School in Riverside.

Jamie said the former coach, who was identified in the video’s description on YouTube as Andrea Cardosa, began sexually molesting her when she was just 12 years old.

She said it started with the coach kissing her in the locker room, and progressed to the point where the coach was taking her on out-of-town trips to have sex with her.

Carrillo claimed the abuse lasted for years.

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Jamie Carrillo provided this photo she said showed her posing with the woman she accused of abusing her for years.

“Everything was stolen from me,” Carrillo said.

“She just completely manipulated me into thinking that I needed her and I wanted it,” Carrillo said.

Cardosa had most recently been working as an assistant principal at Alhambra High School, and last week, Jamie decided to call her.

She recorded the conversation and posted it on YouTube. During the call, the woman that Jamie was speaking to did not deny sexually molesting her.

Jamie accused her of ruining her life and ruining her childhood.

The woman responded, “I regret it.”

Jamie told KTLA she posted the call online because she wanted to let people in Alhambra know what kind of person works around their children.

She said it has taken her years to get up the courage to talk about the abuse she suffered, but she said she believed the offender will never be prosecuted because of the California statute of limitations.

Still, she said posting the phone call has helped her.

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The Alhambra Unified School District sent a letter to parents about the administrator accused of molestation (Credit: KTLA)

KTLA has not been able to reach Cardosa to get a response to the allegations.

The Alhambra Unified School District sent a letter to parents Sunday referring to the YouTube video.

“On Friday, January 17, 2014 Alhambra High School administration received an electronic message with a youtube link incriminating an Alhambra High School administrator,” the letter stated. “Alhambra High School administration contacted the Alhambra Police Department immediately upon discovering the link. The matter was handed over to the Alhambra Police Department who immediately began their investigation.”

The administrator resigned after being “interviewed,” the letter stated. The woman had worked at Alhambra Unified for four months, according to Superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano.

Alhambra police will hand the investigation over the appropriate police department, the school district letter said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the Alhambra school district told parents Cardosa no longer worked at Alhambra High. In fact, the school district did not identify the administrator by name. The article has been updated to reflect that.

An administrator at Alhambra High School has resigned after a former student posted a video on YouTube that showed the young woman confronting the instructor she said abused her for years.

Carolyn Costello reports from Riverside for the KATL 5 News at 10 on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

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