Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Woman confronts former teacher about sexual abuse, captures call on video

"All these years I've been waiting to get some justice."

[Maura Larkins' comment: In my personal experience at Chula Vista Elementary School District, powerful cliques protect bad teachers and administrators. School politics helps wrongdoers and the incompetent survive by attacking effective employees who are seen as a threat.]

Woman confronts former teacher about sexual abuse, captures call on video
by Jen Hayden
posted by Scout Finch
Daily Kos
Jan 22, 2014

A 28-year-old woman who identified herself as "Jamie" worked up the courage to call her former teacher and confront her about years of alleged sexual abuse, which she claims began when she was 12 years old and continued until she finished high school. The former teacher and basketball coach had moved onto an assistant vice principal position in another school district.

When Jamie finally worked up the courage to pursue criminal charges, she was disappointed to learn the statute of limitations had expired and she would be unable to pursue criminal charges. Knowing her former teacher was still working with children, she bravely called her abuser, Andrea Cardosa, who was working as Alhambra High School’s vice principal of student services. Jamie recorded the call and posted it on YouTube.

Her call to Andrea Cardosa can be seen here.

Cardosa did not dispute the allegation and almost immediately resigned:

School officials identified the accused as Andrea Cardosa, a vice principal at Alhambra High School, and said she resigned Friday after an interview with administrators.

The resignation followed the release of a YouTube video made by Jamie Carrillo, 28, of Victorville. The video was posted on Friday. By 4 p.m. Monday, there were about 131,800 views.

Today the video has more than 750,000 views.

As for Jamie's next step, she's considering legal options:

Her attorney, David Ring, said Jamie’s former teacher was previously investigated by both school and law enforcement authorities in 1999 when rumors began to swirl about the alleged abuse. But the investigation resulted in no arrests, charges or disciplinary action, he said.

Ring said the former teacher, who was her basketball coach, was allowed to resign with a positive recommendation.

“They call this 'passing the trash,'” Ring said.

Ring said Jamie is considering a lawsuit alleging misconduct on the part of the school districts that hired the former teacher.

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