Ex-Student Confronts Teacher Over Alleged Abuse

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(CNN) — A woman who says a female teacher from middle school sexually abused her for years decided to confront the teacher — and post video of the exchange on YouTube.

Within hours, the educator resigned from her job at another school in California. Police launched an investigation. And the former student, who once felt powerless, now says she feels vindicated knowing the ex-teacher is no longer working with children.

The video

The former student, who calls herself “Jamie,” said the abuse started when she was 12 years old.

“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,” Jamie’s caption on her YouTube video states.

“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.”

So she decided to expose the teacher on the Internet.

“I decided I’m going to call her to get some answers from her,” Jamie said to a camera in her home.

After the teacher picks up the phone, Jamie asked, “So what happens when a student comes in and says that they’re having (a) sexual relationship with a teacher?”

“I would involve law enforcement,” the educator said.

“So how is that any different from what you did” years ago, Jamie said.

“It’s not,” the teacher replied.

“Do you realize that you brainwashed me, and you manipulated me, and that what you did was wrong?” Jamie asked.

“Yes. And I regret it,” the teacher said.

“You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself,” Jamie said, raising her voice.

“I am. I am,” the teacher said.

Shortly after Jamie posted the video on YouTube, she sent the link to her former teacher. The educator resigned within hours.

Police in California have launched an investigation into the case, but the statute of limitations may be an issue, Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint said. It all depends on what the investigation reveals and what crimes may have occurred.

The teacher has not responded to CNN’s phone and e-mail requests for comment. Jamie’s civil attorney, David Ring, said the educator resigned shortly after the YouTube video went live.

Why now?

Now that she’s a mother, Jamie said she wanted to make sure the teacher couldn’t work with children again.

“The reason why I wanted to do this was to expose her for what she really was and to protect other kids, because she shouldn’t be around anyone’s kids,” Jamie told reporters Monday. “It took a lot for me to come forward, but I kept thinking about my own kids, and how I wouldn’t want anything to happen to them.”

Jamie said the abuse took place ‘off and on” between the ages of 12 and 18. She said she didn’t come forward as a teenager because the teacher had brainwashed her.

“She told me that my family didn’t love me. She told me that nobody cared about me and that she was the only one that loved me and the only one that was there for me,” Jamie said. “She made me believe that she was my only friend, and that I could trust her.”

Jamie said she didn’t want a physical relationship — but that the teacher threatened her multiple times.

“She said that she would kill herself if I ever left. And I believed that,” Jamie said.

Now, more than a decade after middle school, Jamie said she feels greater control in her life.

“In the beginning, I thought there was nothing that I could do. But after the outcome, obviously, there is something I can do.”

CNN’s Dave Alsup and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.


  • anon

    Good job, “Jamie.” I know that it couldn’t have been easy to hear her voice and call her out. You have prevented this happening to other students because I’m sure she didn’t stop with only one victim. Thank you for your bravery.

  • Susan Hubbard

    Very proud of you outing this woman. She should not be anywhere around impressionable young children.

  • Sita

    I’m glad that you’ve finally confronted the person whose taken part of your life away. I was abused as a child and have had problems dealing with the pain and guilt that comes from trusting someone who violated you. It’s been almost 25 years and I still think about it, although it no longer consumes me. I wish that I could’ve confronted the man who did this to me. It’s going to make you a stronger person and a better mother.Good luck

  • melissa

    I would have them triple check that statue. In Aug 1986 the statue of limitations changed. u have until ur 50th birthday to file charges depending on what evidence they can have. way too go I recently did the same thing, he’s been in jail just over one year awaiting trial. praying u get justice dear

    • anon

      I agree with Melissa. Double check the criminal statutes. The civil statutes are different..you might want to look into those. She can also be disciplined by the Board that governs teachers.

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