Scottsdale Charter School Teacher Accused of Bashing Face of Boyfriend's 6-Year-Old; Girl Woke Up Suspect From His Nap

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Qikai "Ben" Chen, a math teacher at Basis Charter School in Scottsdale, admitted to police that he bashed his boyfriend's daughter's face into a wall, court records state.

A Scottsdale charter school teacher was arrested on Tuesday and accused of bashing the face of his boyfriend's 6-year-old daughter because she woke him up from a nap.

Chandler police arrested Qikai "Ben" Chen, 27, at Basis Charter School, where he works as a math teacher. Records show that Chen admitted to pushing the girl's head into a metal hinge on a door frame, twice, at his boyfriend's Chandler apartment.

The alleged abuse was discovered after the first-grader showed up to her elementary school on April 12 with "significant bruising" on the left side of her face, from her forehead to her cheek. When she told school staff members that she wasn't supposed to talk about what had happened, they called Child Protective Services.

CPS called the cops, who came to the school on Tuesday and interviewed the still-bruised child.

The girl told cops she'd been playing with her sister when Chen, annoyed at having been woken up from his nap, called her into the master bedroom. He pushed her head into the wall with the metal hinge three times, then told her to stay in "time out," court records state.

The girl's older sister later noticed that the victim's forehead was bleeding, and Chen administered first aid.

Upon hearing the story, police drove to Basis Charter school, took Chen into custody about 3:15 p.m. and read him his Miranda rights.

Chen admitted the incident happened about two weeks ago, while his boyfriend was out of town, police wrote in court documents. He'd warned the girls twice that day not to make so much noise while he was trying to sleep.

Chen confessed that "on the third warning, he got out of bed and grabbed the 6-year-old by the arm," records states. "He walked her into the master bedroom and closed the door. He then pushed the back of her head into the corner where the wall meets the door. The defendant said when he pushed her, the 6-year-old struck her head into the metal hinge that holds the door. He said when the 6-year-old rebounded from the impact, he grabbed her and pushed her again into the same area."

Chen went back to bed and tried to sleep for about 15 minutes, "but couldn't get much rest."

That's when he told the girl she could leave time-out. Later, he cleaned her wound and put ointment on it. He admited to cops that he "lost his temper," the report says.

Police are seeking a felony count of child abuse.

Arwynn Gilroy, spokeswoman for Basis, says that this was Chen's first year at the school. The math teacher passed a background check before he was hired and is also a certified teacher in Arizona, she says. He'd worked at a public school in the Valley previously, she believes.

Chen was put on administrative leave after his arrest "for an alleged domestic violence incident," and will remain on leave "until the legal process is concluded," Gilroy says.

"We do recognize this is a serious incident, and we're fully cooperating with police," she says.

An e-mail about Chen's arrest was sent to parents on Tuesday, she adds.

Gilroy tells us that the incident didn't involve a child or employee of the school -- at which point we let on that we'd just read the police report, in which Chen allegedly admitted he'd hurt a 6-year-old on purpose.

"Oh! Well, that's news to me," Gilroy says.

Somehow, we suspect Chen's leave might end on the early side.


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bekindpeople123
bekindpeople123

Mr chen was a very good teacher and helpful.My daughter was one of his students. Whatever happened is tragic and sad. I wish Mr. Chen learn someting good out of it.

Sarysary1215
Sarysary1215

Omg thats my math teacher...Well I couldn't believe he would do this

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Cuckoo Magoo
Cuckoo Magoo

I remember that same sneaky evil look that slope head slant eyed gook has in his eyes back my vietnam days. this chink or gook is more proof to never trust a clean cut short haird male. they commit 99% of the male crime. just look at any big city police mugshots for proof. he probably was wearing to much hi karate cologne and it caused him to have anger problems. so he beat up a little girl. child beaters dont do well in jail or prison. I hope this gook knows that.

Casey and Mario
Casey and Mario

He might be jealous because he is gay and gays can not have natural children of their own. so he really hates kids deep down inside. most gays are cut throats , scam artist and back stabbers and they lie alot. you cant trust most gay men. they play alot more mind games than the straight world does. I am gay so I know this is all true. im one of the good gay people who does not play those type of gay games.im old school gay.

Sabrina Kharrazi
Sabrina Kharrazi

Mr. Chen did not tell anyone from our school!!!!! Our History teacher just passed away and now after all our hard work to get our good reputation and highest AIMS scores in the state, we have people accusing us on knowing about this!! no one even knew he was gay!! how would we know that he did this!!! It disgusts each and every one of us to know he could come to school and teach for two weeks and not think he did anything wrong...

Native Guns
Native Guns

Sabrina,Stuff like this isn't uncommon. This is nothing new. You made yourself seem like the typical ill-informed "Brady Bunch" parent, who thinks their child"s(or children's) school is 100% safe. Haven't you been watching/reading the news lately? I think more than a dozen teachers, subsitutes, and coaches have been arrested since the start of 2011. All involving minors and children. Don't be surprised if the next teacher who is arrested, worked at your child's school.

Guest
Guest

Sure it's not uncommon, but it's uncommon at this school. No it's not 100% safe, but this is the first time that this has happened at ths school, our school, in the years that it's been here. I doubt it'll happen again, but who knows.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sabrina, not to worry, really. Yours is just one school out of thousands... and each one has folks who could embarrass any of you at any moment...

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David Reed
David Reed

Domestic Abuse? Are you kidding? Jeesh. Articles like this make people yearn for old fashioned vigilante justice. If the cops can't stick up for a 6yr old then somebody else should do it.

CandyFloss
CandyFloss

What a scumbag. But a handsome scumbag. Maybe that was Daddy's only concern?

Bash their little faces in
Bash their little faces in

Well, shit, at least it wasn't a Mexican involved. So I guess "UsGovFail" won't bother here with his typical venomous bloggerings.

Everything else is here, though.A "perp" born in another country.Scottsdale locales.A teacher ( of math no less )An abused and judiciously reticent 6 year old girl.A paranoid principal protecting her paycheck.and, oh yeah...A homo couple, at least one of whom has kids.

So this shit begs a question from Mr. "Facebasher" Chen.

What the hell is wrong with you, fool ?

Your "representin" is totally fucked up. This will give the homo-haters ammo to back up that absurd legislation on adopting that's been in the news recently. Are you stupid, or what ? Maybe you're just a quasi-fag, one of the confused gay dudes that likes to get "plowed" but hates their identity. "I ain't no goddamned fag", is that how you role ?

I know several gay and lesbian folks, and probably half of them would make outstanding custodians of kids with absent parents. But you're the capital piece of shit who abuses the child of someone you ostensibly care for. A child who accepts you as part of her life and depends on you for support and compassion, not fear and facial scars.

What so many hater neanderthals don't seem to get is that a gay man is, by his very nature, a person who can approach a situation with an acumen not limited by a specific gender profile, and so he can possibly make a valid judgment based on his more expansive intuition. Mr. Chen sure messes up that idea. His vocation puts him in contact with children all day long. Is bashing in their little faces for misbehaving what he secretly want to do to them all ? Kids at six years are going to be a little noisy. Get over it. I hope he knows how to make stir fry in bulk. If Chen gets convicted of aggravated battery, he will be in want of job, and Long Wangs is always hiring.Steve Tracy

Samuel
Samuel

Don't you just hate people who blame others without even knowing them?I actually go to Basis(the school he worked at) and can say that, regardless of his charges, he was a decent teacher to many of my fellow students. YOU, on the other hand, however, are just a blindly raging hypocrite. You support gays, but not foreigners and Scottsdale folk? You know what's even more funny? Your blaming this man for being a GAY child abuser, not just a child abuser. 1) You are saying that its more important that this man is gay, than that a girl was hurt. 2) You, yourself are being bias against gays and lesbians because you think they should all have perfect morals. Gays are no more likely have better morals than straights. "A person who can approach a situation with an acumen not limited by a specific gender profile, and so he can possibly make a valid judgment based on his more expansive intuition."?! wtf? And, you are just another man pretending to be an "intellectual" by using big words in long sentences. At least try to avoid saying "quasi".

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Steve, I am thinking you're a bit emotional over this.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

So, a guy who likes to make out with other guys and ride his little pony gives him the ability to "make a valid judgement based on his more expansive intuition"? I never knew the two went together. It's so obvious. "A gay man by his very gender...can approach a situation with an acumen not limited by a specific gender profile." That's the best bag of horseshit I've heard all day. The story itself counters your inverted logic. But then inverted logic counters itself and doesn't need any help. Sorry, Steve. Nothing personal but your argument makes no sense.

Bash their little faces in
Bash their little faces in

What makes even less sense is the soulless youth who roam the streets these days.

Let me try re-state what I said.

In my experiences in life I have seen that gay men, who arguably have an incomplete chromosome developement, are able to view the world from a less rigid perspective than a man claiming to be devoutly heterosexual, and perhaps feeling the need to prove his masculinity and/or superiority.If you want to use the term effeminate - fine - I was trying to not use language that might offend someone. But that is what I meant by an "expansive intuition".

And you mis-quoted me... I said "a gay man is, by his very nature" - not gender.I know a gay couple who babysit for friends & family all the time, and they are quite adept at nurturing children. Much better at it than some women I can mention.

If this is a bag of "horseshit" to you, your opinion is duly noted, but not agreed with.However,I do agree that this story of Mr. Chen controverts my argument, but he alone does not make the case for all gay folks. And especially being a teacher he should more understanding of youngins.

If by "inverted logic" you mean two gay men raising kids, well, it happens more often than you know of; but if you mean my reasoning is fucked up, again, your opinion is noted.

God-fearing, contemporary heterosexual parenting has not proven so damned successful - in my opinion.S. T.

Guest
Guest

It wasn't necessary to put the Charter school name in the article....way to slander and innocent school....you make us proud Fox and Arizona

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

How stupid is your comment? Honestly, every school in the valley has people with skeletons. They hire humans.

Don't be offended because your child attends the school, or you work there... honestly. It's a bit like saying, "There was a murder in Phoenix over the weekend"...

By the way, slander is spoken, libel is written.

Ryan the non-Aryan
Ryan the non-Aryan

I'd be happy to bash his head in once he gets out, that is if he first survives the clink. Then again, I actually hope he isn't a school teacher of any sort for the rest of his life.

Samuel
Samuel

Don't you just hate people who blame others without even knowing them?I actually go to Basis(the school he worked at) and can say that, regardless of his charges, he was a decent teacher to many of my fellow students.

Enlightened Rouge
Enlightened Rouge

he will now be in the clink for chinks joint. convicts hate child abusers. its all a joke until you hit the walls of the big house. and then its not so funny anymore. remember that folks.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Seems Mr. Chen will be getting some 'time out' of his very own. He should be able to sleep as much as he needs to. Unless some other detainee needs a 'favor' and Mr. Chen gets his head bashed when he doesn't comply. What goes around, comes around, Mr. Chen.... enjoy your stay in the stir...

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