Former Teacher Who Admitted to Sex Abuse in YouTube Video Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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A former teacher who admitted to having a sexual relationship with two underage girls in a YouTube video was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday under a plea deal that spared her a life sentence.


Andrea Cardosa appeared in court March 7, 2014, when her arraignment was postponed. (Credit: KTLA)

Andrea Cardosa was charged in Feb. 2014 with 16 felony counts after a conversation between her and a former student, in which Cardosa admitted to having a sexual relationship with two girls, was posted to YouTube.

Jamie Carrillo, the former student who posted the video claimed she was only 12-years-old when Cardosa, a basketball coach at a Riverside middle school at the time, began to sexually abuse her.

"I feel like I made peace with myself today and I stood up for myself -- for that child that was victimized," Carrillo said outside court.


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

The reported abuse occurred between 1997 and 2001, according to the DA's office.

A second  woman later accused Cardosa of abusing her while she was a middle school student in Perris in 2009 or 2010, according to a criminal complaint.

Cardosa reached a deal with prosecutors in January, in which she pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 and one count of lewd acts with a child over 14, according to John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

"The fact that YouTube video does exist ... I imagine played some role in her decision to plead guilty at this stage," said Supervising Deputy DA John Henry.