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Former Alhambra High School administrator arrested and charged with sexual assault

Riverside County prosecutors charged Monday a former Alhambra High School administrator with 16 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault and lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, the Los Angeles Times reports. Andrea Cardosa, 40, was arrested around 5:45 p.m. the same day in Perris and is being held for $5 million bail.

Cardosa is accused of sexually assaulting one female middle and high school student between 1997 and 2001 in Riverside, and one female high school student in 2009 or 2010 in Perris, according to the L.A. Times.

Allegations against Cardosa began Jan. 17 when Jamie Carillo, 28, posted a video on YouTube accusing the AHS assistant principal of sexually abusing her for years, starting at age 12, when Cardosa was her teacher in Riverside County. The video appears to be of a phone call between Carillo and Cardosa, during which the woman on the phone does not deny the allegations.

"You ruined my life. You ruined my childhood. Do you realize that?" Carillo says in the video.

"I regret it every day," the woman on the line says. "Every day."

Alhambra High School administrators received Jan. 17 an email with a link to the video and immediately forwarded the link to the Alhambra Police Department, according to Alhambra PD Sgt. Jerry Johnson. After a preliminary investigation, Alhambra police turned the case over to investigators in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Cardosa resigned the same day after four months at the district, according to school officials.

The second victim came forward days after the video was posted claiming Cardosa also sexually abused her, according to the L.A. Times.

Cardosa is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

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