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'I Was Molested:' Former Student Files Claims Against 2 Riverside County School Districts

The woman, now 18 and identified only at "Brianna," said officials at Riverside Unified School District and Val Verde Unified School District, which is based in Perris, failed to take steps to protect students.

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A second woman who alleges she was molested by a former Riverside County teacher who recently resigned as assistant principal at a Los Angeles County high school filed legal claims today against a pair of school districts, saying they failed to protect her.

The woman, now 18 and identified only at "Brianna," said officials at Riverside Unified School District and Val Verde Unified School District, which is based in Perris, failed to take steps to protect students.

"They're supposed to protect their students, not physically harm them and mentally harm them," she said. "They're supposed to do their job a certain way because if they would have done it years ago this would have not happened to me now."

Her attorney, Luis Carrillo, contends that Brianna was abused by Andrea Cardosa while attending Tomas Rivera Middle School in Perris in the 2009-10 school year, when Brianna was 14 years old. Cardosa recently resigned as assistant principal of Alhambra High School in Los Angeles County after another alleged victim, named Jamie, posted a video on YouTube of a telephone call she made to Cardosa accusing her of molesting her at Chemawa Middle School in Moreno Valley.   

During the call, Cardosa seemingly admits to her actions and said she regretted her behavior. Cardosa has not been charged with a crime.

Tomas Rivera Middle School is in the Val Verde Unified School District. The claim against RUSD contends that Cardosa previously worked for that district, failed to investigate her background and then gave her a positive recommendation when she was applying for the job at the Val Verde district.

Jonathan Moreno, a spokesman for the Val Verde district, declined to comment on the case. Jacquie Paul, spokeswoman for RUSD, would only say that a legal claim had been filed.

"I can't tell you a lot, but I can confirm that our district received a claim from an individual related to this investigation," she said. "Beyond that I cannot comment further."

The claims -- which are precursors to lawsuits -- seek unspecified damages.

Carrillo said "most of the administrators" in the districts "should not be in their jobs because they utterly failed to protect the kids."

—City News Service

Annie G. January 23, 2014 at 06:24 PM
schools are trying to beat the molest record of the catholic church and doing a really good job at it, seems like
JJ Mclure January 23, 2014 at 07:48 PM
one will do it
Brenda January 24, 2014 at 06:18 AM
Seriously? 4 yrs later this "kid" comes forward to say she was molested? I am sorry if this girl was molested but dangit we live in a day and age where all type of molestations, descriptions, how predators go about it, are drilled into our children's heads. Not just from us, their parents, but also the schools from like the age of 5 if not earlier. By the age of 10 they know dang well what it is all about and what being molested concerns. They are grown up enough to have a full grasp of it and how the predator may use things like "you want good grades right" to get them to keep quiet. So why in the hades does a 14 year old girl, or even 10 year old girl get alone with a school teacher and let them molest them??? It requires some planning where a student has to be from one class to another etc. Bottom line is, this 14 yr old had literally hundreds of other students, and teachers, faculty somewhere near, around while this was going on and she went along with it. Either stayed in the classroom, or some other meeting place, or went to the meeting place her self. If indeed this did happen, why did the 14 year old go along with it, cover it up, staying quiet about it, continue to go on with it, and not tell a dang soul? One of my daughters would have run home and told me a teacher would look at her cross ways for heavens sake and to have a teacher actually get to the point of touching her, my daughters would have been screaming the school down!!! This makes NO sense, other then the student thought she was going to get something out of it too. Sorry folks but if you think about it, why other reason would a student go along with this stuff? In all the cases of this we hear going on with older teenagers, you all have to ask yourselves WHY the teenager went along with it, when we teach them, pound into their heads about a molester, molestation and to run, scream, tell someone immediately.
TemeKoala January 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM
@BRENDA, Wow you take sick to a whole new level. Are you seriously blaming a child for getting molested? You're a sick puppy, and what planet are you from? Please go back we don't need scum like you on earth. A grown man can be molested, and you're attempting to make a child the villain for not coming forward for 4 years? Victims of abuse don't come forward because they fear there may be consequences, they fear the person who is abusing them, and fear what may happen if they speak out. Nobody wants to be molested and have their lives ruined, being molested causes many psychological problems that get worse as time goes on. Being a victim of abuse will cause depression and self hatred, our prison systems are filled with adults who were sexually molested or abused as a child, the person is never the same. I am appalled that human beings think like you Brenda you are a dirty dirty dog. A better question should be how can this happen in the first place? This girl that was molested may not have anyone she could tell or talk to, she may not have parents that look after her like many kids do. Attacking a kid for being molested at school, wow I cannot get over the fact that you would say something so ignorant, I should go take a dump and make a statue of you Brenda.
Becky Honkington January 24, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I, too, am completely horrified by Brenda's comment. This is 2014 and with what we know of human behavior and how sexual abuse affects a person's psyche, we should NEVER blame the child. Yes, child. 14 years old is not an adult.
ChrisG January 24, 2014 at 01:26 PM
According to the experts it can take many years before a person that has been sexually molested can come to terms with the emotions and come forward.
Annie G. January 24, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Wow valleycat- that's a new one, take a dump and make a statue of you---wrote that one down for future use. I'm in the middle here, not the kids fault ever, even if their willing cause they don't know any better, but even I wonder why no one comes forward until so late in all these cases. I understand if they are threatened but it didn seem it happened here.
Brenda January 25, 2014 at 06:05 AM
Now this is my opinion and it is not bad, but it might say something about this young ladies upbringing or lack of that. if any of you are parents have you not taught your children about molesters from the day they can understand it? They start teaching in pre-school about how the molesters can fool children with puppies, or say your Mommy is at the car over here and needs you, etc. etc. Unless you have lived in a box you as a parent and the schools from pre-school on up teach constantly about good touching and BAD touching. Even the police officers who come to the schools for my grandchildren, and my daughters before that talked about people kids can know, or not know, and that those people do NOT touch private parts, or do other things to them. If parents have the close relationship with their children they should have their child would not hesitate to tell them. I can say that bringing up all my girls and even their friends, if someone, teacher, or stranger approached them in a sexual manner, they would have been in the office or at home telling me or Dad immediately! Why? Because not only the schools have taught them from very small but so have we that NO ONE is to talk to them in a sexual manner or touch them in a sexual manner, or are they even to sit on someones lap(unless Mom and Dad are there to decide if its ok), and we always included Doctors, teachers, anyone at church, neighbors, even family members. We never hid the facts of molestation from our children or who is capable of it and what it entails. I am sorry for this young girl yes, but at the same time, she had to have learned somewhere to tell SOMEONE AT THE SCHOOL, even if she could not feel close enough to her parents for some reason. It concerns me that any child in this day and age would still think it was ok for anyone to molest them, or touch them in bad ways with the amount of shows on TV, educations, school and parents. If there are children still out there at 14 mind you that would still think this is ok, then someone is dropping the ball and badly.
Brenda January 25, 2014 at 06:19 AM
ChrisG, look up ages on those reports and it will not include 14 yr olds. There are so many now that want to change the age of consent because girls are so sexually active at young ages, and the always choose older boys. Common response would be BAD BOY! GO TO JAIL, while 14 yr old girl is crying and saying how much she loves him, she was the aggressor etc. etc. When I was 14, did I even care about getting kissed or sex? HELL NO, lol, and that was alike ahh 1974. I was too busy in high school with sports, gymnastics, cheer, and everything else I stayed busy with for those 4 years. Besides, I was brought up that at that age boys were putting notches on belts and they didnt love you and blah blah blah, and I believed it, and had enough guy friends that shared the same story, LOL. Guys are dogs and girls would try to get them to be their boyfriend if they had sex with them. Its a volatile discussion because of how society has changed, how kids are not getting proper upbringings by their parents. Children going to find love elsewhere if not getting that attention at home and unfortunately it ends up alot of times with sex. This young girl might have been enjoying a mother/daughter t ype relationship with this 'teacher" for a short time and then it turned to molesting. We do not know, and we do not know the truth. Angie, the truth is when these girls are 18 they can also file civil suits with the schools and the teachers unfortunately and I feel it has more to do with that then actually turning in the molester, which is unfortunate. If we were to look up some case law, that was not closed, we might be able to come up with some same cases and the girl or guy is paid out 500 grand, to 1 to 2 mill from the school district. Or, what else could happen, is that there was a relationship and once the girl could not maybe blackmail anymore, she decided to tell. You have to be aware of what teenagers who are disturbed are capable of doing, thinking and planning out, before we know exactly what happened. Just like the young girl in San Diego whos mother, brother and the man who "kidnapped" her. Every witness is gone, but she is loaded with insurance money and money collected in the "help Hannah" parties. When still in interviews its everyones belief she is guilty of some part in the entire thing. I will sit on the middle of the darn fence in some cases until I know different and this is one of them.
ChrisG January 25, 2014 at 05:46 PM
@brenda, this is not a story of a young girl having an affair with an adult. It is a story of a young girl being molested by an adult. The alleged molester was a teacher. This is very, very bad.
southernbelle January 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM
@Brenda, I think there are some who think like you because they lack the personal and full understanding of the magnitude of such a heinous crime toward an older child. It's understandable because how can one know what it's like unless they've experienced it personally or have someone close that has, which is still far removed. Just as one can never understand what it's like to go through a death of a child unless they've experienced it. That being said, I'd like to point out some well known facts pertaining to child abuse and molestation. You are right in that a 14 yr old should know how to ward off a molester. generally speaking. But all 14 yr olds are not general. We don't know if there was physical forceful actions---as in rape (which I would assume would be stated rather than "molestation"), or if the CHILD felt emotionally/mentally intimidated into the action--which is typically when the works "molestation" is used. Let's say it was the 2nd action, again, not physical force but rather emotional/mental manipulation and intimidation. Those are easy tactics to use against a child. Let's PRETEND it's close to what you are assuming, for the sake of my example to you personally: Here's a 14 yr old girl with a male teacher. Perhaps this teacher makes her feel important. special. cared for. LOVED. worthy due to the attention, encouragement and verbal affirmation he gives her. She develops a crush--after all, daddy either isn't around or doesn't pay any attention to her. The first sign of a girl who isn't getting "daddy-love" is a girl who seeks out this male attention elsewhere. Happens every day, all day long. Now let's PRETEND the girl develops a puppy crush (after all she is 14 and crushes are COMPLETELY normal and healthy toward peers at this age)for her teacher. Creepy teacher takes advantage of girl knowing he can manipulate her. PRETEND girl goes along with it because finally she feels accepted, important and LOVED. Does that make it right? NO!! Creepy teacher should KNOW that the CHILD is seeking something different than he…after all, teachers are REQUIRED to take Child Development classes so they should have full understanding of the development of a child's brain. This KNOWING full well that a 14 yr old CHILD does NOT have the capacity to draw proper conclusions or understand the full consequences of behaviors. This INCLUDES sexual activity. A child of 14 does not have enough life experience to gauge outcomes, understand all levels of reality, nor have they developed the capacity to form a completion of moral ethics and values. A 14 yr old child is still learning and developing their bodies, brains, and childhood to young adulthood mental capacities. This is not opinion, this is scientific fact. We have to give them this.
southernbelle January 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Next, there are times when the tragedy becomes even worse! When the CHild DOES go to a parent and the parent denies it, or denies the child the right to do anything about it!!! There are 2 cultures I know of that tend to do this because of fear of shame or other possible consequences to the family/family name. That in itself is a crime!!! So the child has no recourse but to sweep it under the rug. This girl here is 18. Isn't it interesting that she has now become the legal age of an adult and has chosen to speak yup? I don't think it's coincidence, or she recently had a revelation. My personal feeling is that she waited until she could legally help herself and was no longer under the oppression of her parents to stay quiet--that's my personal opinion.
southernbelle January 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Lastly, Brenda-- I've only been posting on the parch for about a month I think, but in that short time I have seem a consistent personality come through for you. Usually when someone is consistent in their posts I feel like I can safely assume this is how the person actually is. I've seen several glimpses of your heart and believe you are generally a compassionate and kind person. I don't think your lack of compassion in this is because you're a "sick" or horrifying person I think it is a matter of lack of understanding of the behaviors of sexual abuse.
Brenda January 28, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Southern, I am a horribly compassionate person and I say horribly because I can get taken in by people because of it. I will help and help till I am down to my last dollar, my last can of food, and no jackets for me. If I can give to help someone else I will and always have and thankfully I have run into more grateful thankful people then the ones who will use the p erson like me with rose colored glasses who only sees good in most all life, people. I thank you for your judgement of me, and your opinion. I think alot of my reasoning on this issue is because I have raised not only my own daughters, but a few others who were having problems at home. So probably a total of 7 at one time or another, with my own 5. I have seen them, listened, answered questions, taught wrong from right, and also seen the things they do behind the grid right? LOL, and ole Mom sees a few of them. Hear them talk and what they would do if they did this, and that, and being popular, etc. Hold this thought, need to get out of here, OMGOSH I am going to be late.!

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