Andrea Michelle Cardosa, a 40-year-old former school administrator, is facing 16 felony counts after she allegedly sexually assaulted two girls in recent years, one of whom was under 14 at the time, and one that was 14 or 15 years old, according to a news article at NBC Los Angeles. The allegations came to light when one of the alleged victims posted a video titled “A call to my childhood rapist teacher” on YouTube.
In January, the first victim who was referred to in news reports as Jane Doe 1 learned that her former teacher was now employed in the capacity of assistant principal at a high school in Los Angeles County. Jane Doe 1 was allegedly sexually assaulted from 1997 to 2001 and is now an adult. Jane Doe 1 called Cardosa upon finding this out, and taped the conversation using both audio and video. She then uploaded the conversation to YouTube, where it had more than one million views.
After the video went viral, a second alleged victim came forward, claiming she has been one of Cardosa’s victims in 2009 or 2010 when she attended a Perris high school. The YouTube video is now considered critical evidence in the case against Cardosa, and has been removed from the site.
The Riverside County DA’s office has charged Cardosa with six counts of lewd acts on a child 14 to 15 years of age while the defendant is at least 10 years older than the victim, aggravated sexual assault on a child under the age of 14, lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, and more – 16 felony counts in all.
In the state of Michigan, individuals who are accused of aggravated sexual assault of a minor or sexual abuse of someone younger than 16 years of age face serious criminal penalties if charged and convicted. Depending on the circumstances, those found guilty will face a substantial number of years to life in prison along with steep fines and registration as a sex offender on the state’s public sex offender registry. First-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious sex crime in Michigan, involves penetration and will leave the defendant facing a potential sentence of life in prison.
Individuals who plead guilty or no contest to less serious charges are often sentenced to less time in prison, however being labeled a sex offender is sometimes the worst punishment of all. Registered sex offenders often have a very difficult time obtaining employment; they cannot live anywhere they choose to live, and are typically looked down upon by others in the community. Sex offenders must also inform police every time they change jobs or move.
Michigan sex crime attorneys understand that many people are wrongly accused of these types of offenses, and that innocent people end up in prison for crimes they did not commit. Regardless of your situation, if you have been arrested or charged with child molestation, rape, possession of child pornography, or any related offense contact an aggressive defense lawyer immediately.