On Wednesday, the tragic news broke that an Idaho state lawmaker had shot himself and died. Now, more details have emerged implying that the reasons for his suicide may be connected to child molestation.
Former Idaho Republican state lawmaker Brandon Hixon’s suicide came as he was facing allegations of sexual abuse. Hixon, 36, was reportedly found by a family member in his home, after a self-inflicted gunshot wound took his life, according to Canyon County, Idaho Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris.
Hixon’s ex-wife, Danielle Eirvin Hixon, said her former husband wasn’t being investigated for sexual misconduct with an adult, however. She says the investigation was centered around the molestation of two young girls, including one female relative.
From the Idaho Statesman:
The former wife of an Idaho Republican state lawmaker who shot and killed himself this week says he was under investigation for molesting two girls, including a young female relative who was abused for more than 10 years.
Former colleagues at the Idaho Statehouse have offered kind words about Hixon, but his ex-wife Danielle Eirvin Hixon said the suicide robbed her family’s hopes of finding justice and closure though the legal system.
She told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that she told police about the abuse and that her husband raped and inappropriately touched one of the alleged female victims for about 11 years.
“Brandon made people believe that he was a stand-up, morally correct person,” said Hixon, who was married to the former lawmaker for 10 years until their divorce in 2016. “But behind the house walls, he would cheat on me and molested children.”
“I had no idea it was happening,” Danielle Eirvin Hixon said of the alleged abuse, adding that the girl who told her “kept it quiet for so long.”
The second alleged victim was not related to the lawmaker, she said, adding that she learned about that girl from the girl’s mother.
Danielle Eirvin Hixon said comments by lawmakers praising her ex-husband’s character prompted her to speak up about the abuse allegations. She said she wanted people to know her side of the story.
“I say he was a coward by taking the easy way out,” she said of his suicide.
Elected to the state legislature in 2012, Hixon resigned in October 2017, after reports revealed that he was under investigation for “sexual abuse allegations,” the Idaho Statesman noted.
After his resignation, Hixon was arrested twice for drunken driving and was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest in December.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show that he had been the focus of another police investigation in 2014, having been accused of inappropriate touching. At the time, Hixon denied the accusations, and was reportedly concerned about how the investigation might affect his political career.