REDWOOD CITY -- Attorneys on Thursday set a December trial date for a Redwood City school teacher charged with slapping and kicking young autistic children in her class, a prosecutor said.
Alexia Bogdis, 44, of Millbrae faces nine misdemeanor abuse counts stemming from allegations leveled by teachers aides who worked in her classroom at Roosevelt Elementary School. They said she assaulted two 5-year-old boys between December 2011 and January 2012, in some cases even withheld food and water from the children, prosecutors said.
Bogdis pleaded not guilty to the charges and has asserted her innocence. She is out of custody on $15,000 bail.
Bogdis' arrest in February set off an investigation that concluded her aides did not report the abuse allegations immediately, as they are required by law. Six workers were disciplined, though the district declined to specify the reprimand.
Nadia Cortez, one of the victims' mothers, has said she had to hospitalize her son due to the abuse. She has also filed a $1 million claim, which is the precursor to a lawsuit, with the Redwood City School District that names Bogdis, administrators and teachers aides as defendants.
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