Woman Accuses Ex-Coach of Abuse in YouTube Video

After a woman accuses her former middle school basketball coach of abusing her a decade ago in Riverside County, a second woman comes forward to say she is also a victim

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    A second alleged victim comes forward to announce she was a victim of sexual abuse in the wake of another woman releasing a YouTube video with allegations of her own. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

    A decade after her alleged sexual abuse ended, a Southern California woman says she mustered the courage to not only confront her abuser, but also do it publicly by recording their conversation and posting it on YouTube.

    The woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Jamie, 28, said she wanted to expose the woman because she continued to work with children as an assistant principal at Alhambra High School.

    Woman Exposes Alleged Abuser via YouTube

    [LA] Woman Exposes Alleged Abuser via YouTube
    One woman takes to YouTube to expose a high school assistant principal who she claims had abused her when she was a child. She came forward Monday afternoon to explain her story. Kim Baldonado reports from Alhambra High School for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

    "She shouldn't be around other kids," Jamie said during a Monday press conference with her attorney and fiancé. "I kept thinking about my own kids and how I wouldn't want anything to happen to them."

    The woman accused in the case could not be reached for comment on Monday. NBC4 is withholding her name because she has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

    Jamie says she was only 12 years old and in the eighth grade in 1999 when her basketball coach began abusing her at her middle school in Riverside.

    Jamie’s attorney Dave Ring said that there was "some sort" of investigation into the former coach’s relationship with Jamie and that the relationship ended with her agreeing to resign from the middle school in 2006.

    In the YouTube video, Jamie confronted her former teacher, who she said admits to abusing her.

    "Do you realize you brainwashed me and manipulated me and that what you did was wrong?” Jamie asked in the video. The woman on the other end of the line can be heard saying, "Yes and I regret it."

    Once they received a link to the YouTube video, Alhambra school officials contacted police who opened an investigation into the case, and the alleged abuser resigned, according to a statement by Laura Tellez-Gagliano, the superintendent of the Alhambra Unified School District.

    A second woman, Brianna, came forward Monday night alleging that she is a victim of abuse by the same woman.

    "I'm not trying to hide my identity, I'm going to be brave," Brianna said in a written statement to NBC4.

    Brianna alleged that her abuse took place years ago at a middle school in the Inland Empire.

    "Tonight, all I want to say is when I first heard that video, there was no doubt about it. My world spun because I can see myself in Jamie," Brianna said.

    Alhambra police were handing the case over to the jurisdiction where the alleged crimes took place, Tellez-Gagliano said.

    "This alleged action took place in another school district, without any report prior to her employment to the Alhambra Unified School District," the statement read.

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