Elementary teacher and his husband die in murder-suicide after allegations of sex with young boys
Minnesota elementary school teacher, Aric Babbitt, 40, and his husband, Matthew Deyo, died in a murder-suicide following reports of a teen boy who told police the married couple had sex with him.
The South St. Paul teacher refused to discuss the allegations when police searched the couple's home last month, according to court records obtained. Nine days later, the couple was found dead on Lopez Island in Washington state.
Deyo, 36, fatally shot Babbitt before taking his own life, according to an autopsy report.
The teenage victim told investigators he suffered from a breakdown and reported the incident on August 14, 2016 after the couple continued to prey on him and other teens. The school district suspended Babbitt and opened its own investigation.
While searching the couple's house, police discovered a clock on the back of bathroom toilet attached to a hidden camera, the court records showed. Investigators also uncovered a computer folder named "kiddies," officials said.
The teen also presented police with Polaroid pictures of himself naked with Babbitt, who has taught at Lincoln Center Elementary since 2002 and was slated to teach fourth grade this year, according to records referenced by WCCO-TV.
Babbitt became the teen's mentor when he announced his sexuality to his family, the boy said. Since that time, the couple has lured him and other teen boys with pornography, alcohol and marijuana at their cabin in rural Crow Wing County, as well as a hotel in downtown Minneapolis during Gay Pride weekend, investigators said.
The victim said the couple took him to a jazz concert and had sex with him in a hotel afterward. The boy told investigators he didn't want "to do this, but felt unsure about how to say no," according to the documents.
South St. Paul School District Superintendent Dave Webb told the Star Tribune that the district has identified more possible victims during the course of the investigation. The district had placed Babbitt on administrative leave on August 17, 2016, after learning of the South St. Paul Police investigation.
"We continue to make counseling services available to both students and staff, and that won't stop," Webb said. "We sent out letters to families to make them aware of the situation."
Police said a kayaker in Washington state found the bodies of Babbitt and Deyo next to a suicide note on the beach on the San Juan Islands. Together, they borrowed a gun and ammunition from Deyo's brother, telling him they were going camping and needed it for protection from bears.
The couple "felt like they didn't have an out and ending their lives was best for them," Babbitt's sister said in a text message to family and friends, the Press reported.
"We received a letter from them in the mail yesterday," she wrote. "We are all devastated and in a lot of pain."
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