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Redwood City Special Ed Teacher Charged With Abusing Kids

REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) - A Redwood City special education teacher has been charged with multiple counts of abusing children at Roosevelt Elementary School, a deputy district attorney 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, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

Bogdis surrendered at Redwood City Police headquarters Saturday morning.

Investigators believe Bogdis slapped a student, twisted a student's wrist, and kicked the back of a chair, causing a desk to move forward and strike a student, Guidotti said.

She is also accused of depriving a child of food and kicking a child in the stomach, Guidotti said.

No children were seriously injured, Guidotti said.

Police investigators believe the victims were two 4-year-old boys and that the crimes occurred over the past few months.

Officers acted on a report from Child Protective Services and obtained an arrest warrant for Bogdis on Friday, police said.

Bogdis surrendered to police on Saturday and was booked into San Mateo County Jail. She was later released on $15,000 bail, Guidotti said.

She was scheduled to enter a plea in San Mateo County Superior Court on March 1, Guidotti said.

A spokesperson for the Redwood City School District did not immediately return a call for comment.

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