A woman who calls herself “Jamie” says a female teacher from middle school sexually abused her for years and finally decided to confront the teacher by posting video of the exchange on YouTube.
After a couple of hours of posting the video, the educator resigned from her job at another school in California. Police have begun an investigation. Jamie, who once felt powerless now says she feels vindicated knowing the ex-teacher is no longer working with children.
Jamie reported 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.”
Jamie 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 woman identified as the teacher picked up the phone, Jamie asked, “So what happens when a student comes in and say that they’re having a sexual relationship with a teacher?”
The woman replied “I would involve law enforcement.”
“So how is that any different from what you did” years ago, Jamie said.
“It’s not,” the woman 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 woman responded.
“You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself,” Jamie said, raising her voice.
“I am. I am,” the woman said.
After posting the video on YouTube, she sent the link to her former teacher. The educator resigned within hours, said Jamie’s attorney, David Ring.
Police have now launched an investigation into the case, but the statute of limitation 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 Alhambra Police Department said it notified the Riverside Police because the reported abuse allegedly took place in Riverside.
“At this time in the investigation, there have been no identified crimes involving the suspect that occurred in Alhambra,” APD said in a statement.
Jamie now a mother 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 reported 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.”
According to Jamie 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 stated that she never wanted 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.
After more than a decade Jamie feels more control of 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.”