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(FOX 11 / AP) A California educator who was confronted by a former student on a YouTube video seen hundreds of thousands of times was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse, prosecutors said.

Andrea Cardosa, 40, was charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and 11 other counts of abuse, the Riverside County District Attorney's office said in a statement.

Cardosa's lawyer, Randy Collins, said he couldn't immediately comment as he had not yet been advised by prosecutors of the charges.

The case came to light after a now 28-year-old woman posted a video on YouTube last month showing her making a call to confront Cardosa about the abuse allegations that she said began when she was 12.

The video also was sent to the Alhambra Unified School District, where Cardosa was working as an assistant principal. Officials referred the case to police, and Cardosa resigned.

The video was viewed nearly 1 million times just days after it was posted on YouTube, and a second alleged victim later came forward.

A $5 million warrant has been issued for Cardosa's arrest, the district attorney's office said. If Cardosa is convicted, the five aggravated sexual assault charges could carry a life sentence, the statement said.

Fifteen of the counts stem from allegations of abuse against the woman who posted the YouTube video, and one stems from abuse allegations related to the second woman.

Earlier FOX 11 Story below:

An assistant principal at Alhambra High School has resigned after being confronted in a surreptitiously recorded telephone conversation aired on YouTube with accusations, which she appeared to confirm, that she molested a female student at a  Riverside middle school for three years.

The alleged victim, Jamie Carrillo, claimed the abuse -- allegedly at the hands of Andrea Cardosa -- began when she was 12 years old and a student at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside.

"I am 28 years old and have been waiting years to get up enough courage to report a teacher for sexually abusing me for  years,'' she wrote in a message accompanying her YouTube video. "When I finally got up enough courage to report her, I found out that the statute of limitations was up and she will never have to pay for the things that she did to me.''

The video posted Friday lasts nearly nine minutes; the call to the teacher, at her office, lasted about three. "I wanted to let the public know what kind of person is around their children,'' Carrillo wrote.

The secretly recorded call produced some dramatic exchanges.

"Do you realize that you brainwashed me and you manipulated me and that what you did was wrong?" said Carrillo. "Yes, and I regret it," Cardosa replied. "You sicken me, and every day when I think about what you did, you sicken me," Carrillo added. "You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself."

"I am, I am," the woman replied.

Carrillo said the former coach, whom she knew as Ms. Cardosa and who was subsequently identified in broadcast reports as Andrea Cardosa, began sexually molesting her when she was 12. She said it started with the woman kissing her in the locker room and progressed to the point where she was taking her on trips out of town to have sex.

The Alhambra Unified School District confirmed that the administrator was no longer with the district. "Alhambra High School administration received an electronic message with a YouTube link incriminating an Alhambra High School administrator,'' according to a statement from the district. "Alhambra High School administration contacted the Alhambra Police Department immediately upon discovering the link. She is no longer an employee of Alhambra High School or
the Alhambra Unified School District.''

The district added that no students at Alhambra High have come forward with allegations against the woman.

Alhambra police referred the matter to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, news media outlets reported.

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