A former school teacher pleaded guilty Friday to sexually abusing two female students in Riverside between 1997 and 2001.
Andrea Cardosa was scheduled in court for a pre-trial hearing when she pleaded guilty to three counts of lewd acts with a child, involving two victims.
Officials began investigating allegations after one of the victims posted a video on YouTube titled "A call to my childhood rapist teacher," which showed the victim allegedly confronting Cardosa in a recorded phone conversation.
"She got the phone call of her life because Cardosa admitted everything on that phone call," said David Ring, an attorney for the victim, who wasn't named in the suit because she was a minor when the abuse occurred.
Cardosa taught the victim at a school in Riverside, but was at that point an assistant principal at Alhambra High School.
“You realize that you brain washed me and you manipulated me and what you did was wrong?” the girl said in the recorded phone call.
“Yes. Yes. And I regret it," Cardosa replied.
The video prompted another former student of Cardosa's to come forward with allegations she was molested as well.
Cardosa, a teacher, coach and administrator at two Inland Empire schools from 1997 until 2013, faces up to ten years and eight months in prison, but avoided a total of 16 counts and a potential life sentence, according to John Hall, with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. She had pleaded not guilty in April last year.
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Related lawsuits against Riverside Unified School District and Val Verde Unified School District, where Cardosa worked, will continue.
Jason Kandel and City News Service contributed to this report.