Ex-School Official Sentenced to 10 Years for Sexual Abuse after Confession Goes Viral
School administrator Andrea Michelle Cardosa, who was caught on camera admitting to sexually abusing a female student, will serve 10 years in prison for her crimes, the Los Angeles Times reports. Cardosa quit her job at Alhambra High School in California in January when her confession was uploaded to YouTube by the former student. It quickly went viral.
In the video of a phone call between Cardosa and former student Jamie Carillo, who is now 28, Cardosa admits to having a sexual relationship with Carillo and apologizes for it. The confession spurred another victim to also come forward, and Cardosa admitted to abusing her, too.
Cardosa was a teacher at Riverside Middle School in the 1990s, when she committed the acts, and Carillo was an eighth grader. The second victim was abused in 2009 and 2010. Cardosa worked at three school districts before taking her job at Alhambra High School. She passed background checks at each school. The victims have since filed lawsuits against the school districts where they were students at the time of the abuse.
Cardosa faced a life sentence but agreed to a 10-year plea deal.
Sexual Abuse Has Harsh Effects
Children who are sexually abused face devastating short- and long-term effects. These include problems with school work, higher risk for drug and alcohol abuse, fear, headaches, sleep problems, and eating disorders such as anorexia.
Both of Cardosa's victims gave statements to the courts. One wrote that she has nightmares and ongoing trust issues stating, "How will I ever trust anyone around my son?"