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Arraignment Delayed For Andrea Cardosa, Educator Accused On YouTube Of Sex Crimes

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Arraignment was postponed Friday for a California educator who was charged with sex crimes after a former student made sexual-abuse allegations against the educator on YouTube.

Andrea Cardosa, 40, appeared briefly in Riverside County Superior Court, smiled sadly and winked at about a dozen supporters.

Defense attorney Randy Collins said outside court that the arraignment was postponed to April 18 to give him time to argue that the charges should be dismissed because of the statute of limitations.

Collins said he has learned that Riverside police investigated the allegations in 1998, which would preclude prosecutors from bringing forward a case so many years later.

"Right now, we're not even dealing with the substance of the allegations," he told reporters. "Is it time-barred, yes or no? That's the issue we're dealing with right now."

Collins said he will also ask for Cardosa's $5 million bail to be lowered because she is neither a danger to the community nor a flight risk.

The district attorney's office disputed Collins' positions.

"We don't believe we have a statute of limitations issue or we would not have filed these charges," spokesman John Hall said.

The current bail is appropriate because Cardosa faces five charges that carry potential life sentences, he said.

Hall said a judge will have to determine if the YouTube video is admissible. Collins said he plans to challenge prosecutors' efforts to use it in court because it was "surreptitiously taken."

One of Cardosa's two accusers posted the YouTube video on Jan. 17. In it, the now-adult former student called someone who identified herself as Cardosa. The accuser sent a video link to the principal of a high school in Los Angeles County where Cardosa worked. Cardosa quickly resigned her post. The second accuser then came forward.

Cardosa was arrested and charged with 16 felony counts on Feb. 3.

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