A four-month long investigation concluded that a Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband had sexual conduct with eight underage boys.
In an apparent murder-suicide, the teacher, Aric Babbitt, was found dead along with his husband, Matthew Deyo, on Aug. 25.
Shortly prior to their deaths, a 16-year-old boy informed St. Paul police that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with the men, reports the Daily Mail. Babbitt was a mentor for him when he came out as gay to his family, the boy added.
According to court documents, the relationship began in April, when Babbitt and Deyo offered to take the boy to a concert, but instead of going to the show, they got him intoxicated and all three had unprotected sex together.
Babbitt and Deyo also encouraged the boy and his friend to follow them on Tumblr, where there were nude photos of Babbitt and videos of himself masturbating. In addition, the couple created a Dropbox account for the boys, so that the boys could share X-rated photos of themselves, the documents allege.
After the 16-year-old’s allegations became public, seven other boys came forward with similar allegations, as documented in a 134-page investigative file obtained by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Babbitt was then put on paid leave from Lincoln Center Elementary, where he had taught since 2002.
In an email to the Pioneer Press, South St. Paul schools Superintendent Dave Webb wrote: “As a school district, we strive to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students. This has been very hard on our entire South St. Paul community.”
In a text obtained by the Pioneer Press, the teacher’s sister, Sara Babbitt, told a friend that her brother and his husband “felt like they didn't have an out and ending their lives was the best for them.” She also said that she received a letter from Babbitt the day the couple was found dead, but did not reveal its contents.