|Qikai "Ben" Chen, a former Basis Charter School teacher, received a one-year term of probation after being accused of bashing the face of his boyfriend's 6-year-old daughter.|
Qikai "Ben" Chen, a former math teacher for Basis Charter School in Scottsdale, received one year of probation for allegedly bashing the face of his boyfriend's 6-year-old into a door hinge.
We say "allegedly" because Chen was never convicted of the felony count of child abuse for which police thought he should be prosecuted. Instead, he was allowed in September to take a plea deal for hindering prosecution, a misdemeanor.
Court records show that an injury the child had received just prior to the alleged child abuse incident complicated the case.
Chen was at home with his boyfriend's two girls, the boyfriend being out of town, when the 6-year-old woke him up from a nap. According to the girl, Chen slammed the girl's face into the metal hinge of a door frame at least twice.
Chen reportedly admitted what had happened to police, who investigated more than a week later after the kid showed up at school with "significant" bruising from her forehead to her cheek, court records state.More »