FROM: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077768/Revealed-The-criminal-past-soldier-accused-bullying-Asian-American-soldier-Danny-Chen-death.htmlIn accordance with Federal Laws provided For Educational and Information Purposes – i.e. of PUBLIC InterestRevealed: The criminal past of one soldier accused oftormenting Private Danny Chen to his death Private Danny Chen, 19, found dead on duty in October Allegedly bullied by other soldiers who hounded him One of the eight soldiers accused of bullying him has a violent criminal past, it has emerged Ryan Offutt served time in prison for beating and stripping former loverBy Hannah RobertsLast updated at 11:39 PM on 22nd December 2011One of the soldiers accused of hounding Private Danny Chen to his death punched and chokedhis former girlfriend in a sadistic beating in 2001, it has emerged.Specialist Ryan Offutt stripped her and threw her on a bed so hard that she smashed into theheadboard. The victim told police she believed she was going to die, court records show.The revelations have emerged as eight soldiers have been charged over the death of fellowsoldier Danny Chen in Afghanistan, in a suicide case that has rocked the Army.Scroll down for video
Criminal: Specialist Ryan Offutt punched and choked his ex-girlfriend, stripping her, in a sadistic beating in 2001Private Danny Chen, 19, of New York, was found in a guard tower at Combat Outpost Palaceon October 3 after apparently committing suicide.The Army described Private Chen as having an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound whenfound in southern Afghanistans Kandahar province.It is now no longer clear whether Private Chen, who was from the Chinatown area ofManhattan, did in fact take his own life.More... Sealed with a (lesbian) kiss: Gay sailors share Navys traditional homecoming embrace as ship returns Navy couple found shot dead in murder-suicide after three-hour stand-off with SWAT officersThe beefy, Offutt from Greenville, who measured more than 6ft is thought to have been amongthe worst of the alleged bullies.The 32-year-old is one of four soldiers facing the most heinous charges: negligent homicide,reckless endangerment and assault and battery. If convicted all four face up to 15 years in jailIn October 2001 Offutt was charged with aggravated assault and attempted rape, the DailyNews reported.His former girlfriend told police he beat her and ripped off her clothes.Offutt tried to have intercourse with her, a criminal complaint alleged. She had to fight Offuttto escape.
Death: Private Danny Chen, 19, of New York, was found dead in a guard tower at Combat Outpost Palace onOctober 3 after apparently committing suicideIn action: Sergeant Travis F. Carden was one of eight soldiers chargedThe soldiers roommates woke up to the noise of the girl screaming, the complaint states. Theyfound her naked and bleeding from the face.
Offutt pleaded guilty to simple assault and indecent assault and was sentenced to four monthsto two years in prison. He was also obliged to attend drug and alcohol treatment.Offutt joined the army in 2006 and is based at Fort Wainright, Alaska.First Lt. Daniel Schwartz, the only officer charged with Chen’s death, also has a record, theDaily News reported.The 25-year-old Maryland man was arrested five yeasr ago for possession of a controlledsubstance, according to records.Eight U.S. Army soldiers have been charged over the death of an Asian-American soldier inAfghanistan who was allegedly severely racially bullied.Private Danny Chen, 19, of New York, was found dead in a guard tower at Combat OutpostPalace on October 3 after apparently committing suicide.The Army described Private Chen as having ‘an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound’ whenfound in southern Afghanistans Kandahar province.Hundreds of supporters held a vigil last week after demanding officials address the treatmentof Asians in the military, reported MSNBC.His cousin Banny Chen read out a letter sent by Private Chen in February at the vigil lastThursday, which said: ‘Everyone knows me by Chen’.Sadness: A portrait of U.S. Army Private Danny Chen is displayed during his funeral procession in New York onOctober 13 after his death in Afghanistan
Grieving: The casket of Private Danny Chen is carried by an honour guard during a funeral procession in NewYork two months agoWatch: Private Chen was found dead in October in a guard tower in southern Afghanistans Kandahar province(file picture)‘They ask if Im from China a few times a day,’ he wrote. ‘They also call out my name Chen ina goat-like voice sometimes for no reason.They ask if Im from China a few times a day. They also call out my nameChen in a goat-like voice sometimes for no reasonDanny Chen (Feb 2011)
‘People crack jokes about Chinese people all the time. Im running out of jokes to come back atthem.’Around 400 people were at the vigil and march last week in Manhattan as Occupy Wall Streetprotesters also got involved.Asian Pacific Americans civil rights group OCA has expressed outrage at what happened andhave their own theory on why he was allegedly abused.Conference: The OCAs Elizabeth OuYang speaks in New York on Wednesday while Private Chens parents, YanTao Chen, left, and Su Zhen Chen, right, listenRemembered: Danny Chen is pictured with his family in an emotional video which features his friends andrelatives asking: What happened to Danny?
Answers: Hundreds of supporters held a vigil last week after demanding officials address the treatment of Asiansin the military‘They did it because they knew that there was an environment that they would get away withit,’ an OCA spokesman said, reported NBC New York.FAMILY ENCOURAGEDRelatives of Private Chen said on Wednesday they are encouraged to learn of the chargesbrought.His father Yen Tao Chen said the family realises he will never return, but the news gives ussome hope.First Lieutenant Daniel J. Schwartz, Staff Sergeant Blaine G. Dugas and Staff SergeantAndrew J. Van Bockel were all charged.Sergeant Adam M. Holcomb, Sergeant Jeffrey T. Hurst, Specialist Thomas P. Curtis, SpecialistRyan J. Offutt and Sergeant Travis F. Carden were also charged.All eight soldiers are of 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade CombatTeam, 25th Infantry Division.