Andrea Cardosa, a former women’s basketball coach turned administrator for a California high school has turned herself in after a $5 million warrant for her arrest was issued following a Youtube video where she admitted to sexually abusing a young girl. Cardosa faces 16 felony charges and life in prison for raping two separate women, Jaimie Carillo, 28 and Brianna Govea, 18.
The initial abuse took place in 1999 when Carillo was just 12 years old, the same age as her daughter is now which is what prompted her to come forward with her story. She posted a video on January 17 to YouTube titled “A Call To My Childhood Rapist Teacher” which contains a recorded phone call between her and Cardosa, 40, where Cardosa repeatedly admits to, and apologizes for raping her when she was young. The video has since been removed due to privacy laws surrounding recording phone calls.
Her original intent with the video, which had over a million views before getting taken down, was to publicly shame Cardosa since she had believed the statute of militations had expired on the case being it was older than 13 years. However prosecutors said that because the charges carry a life sentence that there is no limit on how long a person can be charged with them.
Carillo said she kept thinking about a predator going after her daughter, and that she wants Cordosa to pay for what she did. “She shouldn’t be around children. That’s what made me do this,” she said.
“I kept thinking about my own kids and how I wouldn’t want anything to happen to them,” she explained in a press conference.
Cardosa was her basketball coach when the abuse started, and in the phone call you can hear Carillo say that she was “brainwashed” into believing it was ok and that Cardosa had ruined her life. Cardosa was apologetic but the damage had already been done, Carillo said “You ruined my life. You ruined my childhood. Do you realize that? You sicken me. You sicken me. And every day when I think about you and what you did, you sicken me,” in a passionate voice.
Cordosa replied that she regrets it every day and she’s sorry, but it was too little too late.
The admissions in the phone call also prompted Govea to come forward and tell her story of abuse from the same woman. Govea is only 18 now, but had been abused by Cardosa a few years prior while attending Thomas Rivera Middle School in Perris. Her alleged abuse started around 2009.
She claims that Cardosa would spoil her with candy and trips, and tell her she’s ‘special’ while making sexual advances which eventually led to the sexual assault.
Govea said she’s not going to hide her identity and that she’s going to be brave. She said that hearing the phone call “made her world spin” because she could see herself in the other woman who was assaulted. She has since filed lawsuits in two separate school districts.
Its unknown how many victims in total Cardosa may have assaulted but prosecutors are urging anybody else who may have had a problem to come forward.
Cardosa will be arraigned this Thursday and has resigned from her administrative position. She’s charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child, 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.