A Redwood City special-education teacher allegedly kicked one of her preschool students in the stomach and deprived another of food as part of a pattern of abuse lasting about two months, prosecutors said Monday.
Alexia Aliki Bogdis, 44, of Millbrae has been charged with five counts of child cruelty and four counts of battery on school grounds, all misdemeanors, in connection to alleged abuse incidents spanning December and January, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
Redwood City police said an investigation into Bogdis was launched after a report from Child Protective Services. An arrest warrant was issued Friday and Bogdis surrendered the following day, police said.
Bogdis was later released after posting $15,000 bail and is scheduled to enter a plea March 1, Guidotti said.
The Redwood City School District said it placed Bogdis on administrative leave Wednesday.
The tenured teacher, who was hired in 2006, instructs a special-education preschool class that is housed at Roosevelt Elementary School.
As part of a “pattern” of disturbing conduct, prosecutors said, Bogdis allegedly slapped a developmentally disabled 5-year-old boy in the face and kicked him in the stomach.
She also kicked the back of a 4-year-old boy’s chair and twisted his arm, Deputy District Attorney Al Serrato said.
For about a month, Serrato said, Bogdis deprived one of the students of food as punishment — at times during the whole school day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We have zero tolerance toward violence of any kind at our schools,” district Superintendent Jan Christensen said in a statement. “If there is verification of actual physical abuse toward any student by any staff member, I will recommend to the school board that the employee be terminated.”
Bogdis earned an undergraduate degree in art history at UC Berkeley and later attended San Francisco State University, her LinkedIn profile says.