A California woman – who says she was sexually abused for years by her basketball coach – confronts her attacker in a damning YouTube video that quickly led to the educator’s resignation.
“Everything was stolen from me,” Jaime Carrillo, now a mother of two, told KTLA5 as she choked back tears. “I want her to be in jail and to pay for what she’s done.”
Carrillo, 28, has come forward to expose a relationship Andrea Cardosa allegedly started when the girl was just 12 – and stretched throughout her teenage years, according to reports.
Carrillo recorded her phone confrontation with Cardosa – who had since risen to the ranks of assistant principal at Alhambra High School – in a video that was sent to school officials.
Cardosa resigned from her post Friday – the same day the video was posted – and has gone into relative hiding since she was exposed online. Carrillo’s lawyers are exploring the possibility of a criminal or civil suit.
“The matter was handed over to the Alhambra Police Department who immediately began their investigation,” the school said in a statement.
Cardosa was reportedly allowed to quietly resign from her previous position at the middle school and continue her career, her lawyer said.
“That’s typically called passing the trash. If that is in fact true, everyone would agree that’s absolutely outrageous conduct,” her lawyer David Ring said during a news conference on Monday.
The alleged abuse began while Cardosa was working at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside. Carrillo says she was an impressionable girl when Cardosa began ensnaring her in a web of self-pity, Carillo told KLTA.
Cardosa cornered Carrillo one day at school – her advances grew from kissing to X-rated groping, the girl said.
“She was kissing me, and then it turned into putting her hands down my pants,” she told KTLA. “She just completely manipulated me into thinking that I needed her and I wanted it.”
The two carried on the torrid tryst until Carrillo was 20, she said. Cardosa can barely muster a full sentence in the video as Carrillo repeatedly slammed her alleged abuser for the entire world to hear.
“You should be so ashamed and disgusted with yourself,” Carrillo yells into the phone.
The educator could only eke out an “I am” on the other line.
“How f—–g dare you,” the distraught woman says, shaking as she holds the phone.
“I regret it every day,” Cardosa says glumly.
The YouTube video has collected more than 289,000 views as of Tuesday morning. Many of the commenters commended Carrillo for her bravery. Formal charges have yet to be brought against Cardosa.
Carrillo, who admits to still being emotionally damaged by the relationship, said Monday that she was shocked that Cardosa never apologized during the heated confrontation.
“It took a lot for me to come forward, but I kept thinking about my own kids and how I didn’t wouldn’t want anything happening to them,” Carrillo said.
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Here’s the chilling confrontation between Carrillo and Cardosa, blow-by-blow:
Carrillo: Is this Ms. Cardosa?
Carrillo: Um, the Ms. Cardosa that used to work in Moreno Valley?
Cardosa: Well, it depends on what part of Moreno Valley. Um, what, you know, um, yes.
Carrillo: Is it Val Verde school district?
Carrillo: [inaudible] used to work at Chemawa?
Carrillo: OK. This is Jamie. Um. You’re an assistant principal, huh?
Cardosa: [sigh] Yes.
Carrillo: So what happens when a student comes in and says that they’re having a sexual relationship with a teacher?
Cardosa: Then I would involve law enforcement.
Carrillo: So how is that any different from what you did when I was at Chemawa middle?
Cardosa: It’s not.
Carrillo: So why are you excluded from the law? Why did you do that? I was only 12-years-old when I met you. You realize you brainwashed me and you manipulated me? And that what you did was wrong?
Cardosa: Yes. And I regret it.
Carrillo: You know that I am completely messed up? That I have so many issues because of you?
Cardosa: I just wanted to help you.
Carrillo: How is having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student helping?
Cardosa: That wasn’t anything that I intended. I don’t even know what happened.
Carrillo: It’s completely shocking to me that you are an assistant principal. Are you doing this with other students too?
Carrillo: Is that how you help them?
Cardosa: No. Not at all.
Carrillo: You ruined my life. You ruined my childhood. You realize that?
Carrillo: You sicken me. You sicken me. Every day when I think about what you did you sicken me. I have kids of my own and I’m the age now that I pretty much met you at and I could never think about doing the things that you did. You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself.
Cardosa: I am. I am.
Carrillo: How F—–g dare you.
Cardosa: I regret it every day. Every day.
Carrillo: You’re disgusting. Bye.