2 women accuse former teacher of sexual abuse

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In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 photo, a woman who wanted to be identified by her first name, Jamie, speaks at a news conference in front of Alhambra High School in Alhambra, Calif., where Andrea Cardosa last worked as vice principal of student services. Police in Riverside, Calif., are investigating allegations from her and another woman, who say Cardosa, a former middle school teacher and administrator, abused them while they were students in Riverside County. (AP Photo/The Pasadena Star-News, Keith Durflinger) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 photo, a woman who wanted to be identified by her first name, Jamie, speaks at a news conference in front of Alhambra High School in Alhambra, Calif., where Andrea Cardosa last worked as vice principal of student services. Police in Riverside, Calif., are investigating allegations from her and another woman, who say Cardosa, a former middle school teacher and administrator, abused them while they were students in Riverside County. (AP Photo/The Pasadena Star-News, Keith Durflinger) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 photo, a woman who wanted to be identified by her first name, Jamie, speaks at a news conference in front of Alhambra High School in Alhambra, Calif., where Andrea Cardosa last worked as vice principal of student services. Police in Riverside, Calif., are investigating allegations from her and another woman, who say Cardosa, a former middle school teacher and administrator, abused them while they were students in Riverside County. (AP Photo/The Pasadena Star-News, Keith Durflinger) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

A woman who wanted to be identified by her first name, Brianna, is led away by her attorney, Luis Carrillo, right, after a news conference in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The woman came forward to claim that a California educator sexually abused her, saying she decided to speak out after watching a YouTube video by another woman who made similar accusations. Police are investigating the allegations from both women, who say the former teacher and administrator Andrea Cardosa abused them while they were students. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A woman who wanted to be identified by her first name, Brianna, is interviewed by a television news crew after a news conference in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The woman came forward to claim that a California educator sexually abused her, saying she decided to speak out after watching a YouTube video by another woman who made similar accusations. Police are investigating the allegations from both women, who say the former teacher and administrator Andrea Cardosa abused them while they were students. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second woman has come forward to claim that a California educator sexually abused her, saying she decided to speak out after watching a YouTube video by a woman who made similar accusations.

Police in Riverside are investigating the allegations from both women, who say former middle school teacher and administrator Andrea Cardosa abused them while they were students in Riverside County.

The second woman’s attorney said Thursday he filed claims, a precursor to lawsuits, against two school districts where Cardosa worked.

The investigation and claims come days after a video was posted on YouTube showing the first woman confronting over the phone someone who identifies herself as Cardosa. Since then, Cardosa has resigned her job as an assistant principal and the video — which the woman sent to Cardosa’s employer — has been viewed nearly 1 million times.

The AP has not been able to reach Cardosa. Messages left at phone numbers and email addresses linked to Cardosa have not been returned.

At a press conference on Thursday, the second woman, Brianna, told reporters that she watched the YouTube video on Saturday, and “it was like a trigger, like a flashback.”

Brianna, who is now 18, says Cardosa befriended her mother while Brianna was a student at Tomas Rivera Middle School in Perris in 2010.

She then “groomed” Brianna by giving her movie tickets, candy bars and lunch trips and calling her special, then made several sexual advances, inappropriately touching her and abusing her, according to a copy of the claim filed against Val Verde Unified.

Brianna’s lawyer Luis Carrillo said school officials failed to heed signs of an improper relationship between Cardosa and his client.

“They should seek another line of work if they fail to protect the kids,” Carrillo said of school officials. “What we want is justice.”

Both districts declined to comment on the claims.

Brianna said she came forward after watching the YouTube video posted by a now-28-year-old woman named Jamie. Both women asked to be identified by their first names, and the Associated Press is not using either woman’s full name because they say they are victims of sexual abuse.

In the video posted on Friday, Jamie phones Alhambra High School. After being screened by two receptionists, she is connected to a woman who identifies herself as Cardosa.

Jamie does not give specifics of the alleged abuse in the video, which she says started when she was a 12-year-old student at Chemawa Middle School.

“You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself,” Jamie says.

“I am. I am,” the woman says. “I regret it every day. Every day.”

The video was sent to Alhambra High School, where Cardosa was an administrator. Alhambra Unified superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano said she called police before she even finished watching the video. Cardosa resigned her job later that day.

Tellez-Gagliano said Cardosa was hired in October after she passed criminal background checks and came with a clean record from her previous employer.

Cardosa worked at Riverside Unified from 1997 to 1999, said Jacquie Paul, a district spokeswoman. Cardosa held various teaching and administrative positions at Val Verde Unified from 2000 to 2004 and 2006 to 2013, said Chris Wynn, the district’s chief of security.

Jamie said she came forward because her daughter is about the age she was when the abuse

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