Redwood City Teacher Accused of Violent Attacks on Autistic Children to Stand Trial

Alexia Alika Bogdis, 44 of Millbrae, is charged with five misdemeanor counts of child cruelty and four counts of battery on school grounds, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

A Redwood City elementary school teacher accused of a series of violent attacks on small children who suffer from development disabilities will stand trial later this year, prosecutors said.

Alexia Alika Bogdis, 44 of Millbrae, is charged with five misdemeanor counts of child cruelty and four counts of battery on school grounds, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

Bogdis taught a group of 3-to-5 year-old children at Roosevelt Elementary School, prosecutors said.

Her attacks were witnessed by classroom aides, prosecutors said.

Her alleged victims were unable to make statements because of their age and developmental disability, prosecutors said.

A Bay City News article published by the San Francisco Examiner earlier this year reports that Bogdis allegedly slapped student, "twisting a student's wrist and kicking the back of a chair, causing the desk to move forward and strike a student, according to police."

She is also accused of kicking a child in the stomach and depriving a child of food, according to police sources cited in the BCN report.

Bogdis' alleged victims are 4-year-old autistic boys, BCN reports.

Bogdis is free on $15,000 bail. Her trial date is set for Dec. 17.


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Denise Sanchez September 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Jo Mama September 16, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Redwood City School District is still not safe. They cover things up every day. Don't believe the lip service. The District has one goal- protect the adults, thereby protecting themselves. Beware.
VG September 16, 2012 at 04:55 PM
So sad that the negative actions of one teacher has now given a bad rep to all the other wonderful teachers with RCSD that do care about their students and work so hard in helping them succeed.
Jo Mama September 16, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Only one bad teacher in the district? I think Dorie Johnson and the other contributors to Patch dispelled that notion. "Negative actions'??? Wow, what an understatement. Sadder yet is the tendency of a small vocal group of parents to blindly defend a district so morally bankrupt. There are many good teachers no doubt, as there were in Los Angeles County's Miramonte Elementary. But that community had the good sense to force their district to start all over. Long overdue here. But it’s easier to ignore and pretend it’s all good.
VG September 20, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Dear Jo Mama- I never said there was "only one bad teacher in the district." The article I am commenting on is about Bogdis, not any other teacher. And there is no need to explain in detail what Bogdis did b/c anyone following her case know what her negative actions were. So yes I believe "negative actions" sums it up...they certainly were not positive! Blindly defending? Ignoring and pretending? None of that here. I simply wanted to give credit to all the great teachers in RCSD that always put their student's needs and interests first. In the midst of all the darkness there needs to be a ray of light. I want all those great teachers to know that their efforts are greatly appreciated and not overlooked.
I hear you September 20, 2012 at 06:11 AM
There is a time and a place to thank the teachers. Send them a letter. Keep if off of an article about children being abused and you won't look like you do on here. And you should always listen to Jo Mama.
I hear you September 20, 2012 at 06:15 AM
***Amnesty for school district abuse reporters*** I propose that the district and/or the school board offers a WELL publicized amnesty for all employees who have witnessed abuse of children by staff, with an independent oversight committee not chosen by the district. These mandatory reporters were threatened by the district with discipline for not coming forward. So of course now they won’t report abuse. Those who fear for their job, fear for losing the ability to put food on their own table if they come forward need to be safe to report and encouraged to do so. Only then will the district be able to earn the trust of the community and their mandatory reporter employees- the first, last, and only line of defense for children.
VG September 20, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Thank you for your suggestion. I decide where I will post my comments and what I will state in them.
Gene Firpo September 26, 2012 at 04:43 AM
just follow the money, bad teacher or great teachers. It's the Money.
Janice February 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM
wow sounds like liars are just after money. too bad the innocent teacher cant sue the parents and aids that ruin her rep. may you all never expierence liars after money... or maybe you should


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