According to documents that were released this week by South St. Paul police, Aric Babbitt, who was a fourth-grade teacher at Lincoln Center Elementary School, and his husband, Matthew Deyo, allegedly had sexually abused eight underage boys over the course of three years.
The two men were found dead in August in Washington state, their deaths ruled as a murder-suicide pact. On Aug. 16, a search warrant was issued for their home in Minnesota.
Several computers, phones, tablets, cameras, hard drives and a hidden camera in a bathroom clock were confiscated. Authorities also found photos, videos and communications regarding the allegations. Marijuana was also uncovered at the residence.
The photos and videos obtained depicted child pornography. Some of the images, which appear to be taken via hidden camera, show individuals showering.
There was also correspondence between the suspects regarding their desires with an unnamed victim.
“Should I be expecting a scantily clad 40 yo and (redacted) to give me some hugs and kisses this weekend?” Deyo asks in one message. “I just want to be able to hug and snuggle (redacted) for a couple mins without (redacted) feeling awkward.”
Babbitt responded, “You just need to grab him and make (redacted) sit on your lap every once in awhile. Also, if (redacted) all snuggled up on the couch or bed or something you just have to snuggle up next to (redacted).”
After draining their bank account and purchasing camping gear, the couple sent a post dated letter to Deyo’s parents describing their plan to end their lives in lieu of facing the consequences of their actions. Babbitt and Deyo wrote in the letter to the family that they knew that people would “paint them as monsters.”
As the suspect’s stated that they were going to end their lives on Lopez Island in Washington State, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office was notified. Deputies found Babbitt and Deyo, whose deaths were ruled murder-suicide.
The search warrant that was obtained for Babbitt and Deyo’s residence arose after a 16-year-old boy came forward and reported the abuse to the police. The teen said that Babbitt was his teacher and was responsible for the boy while volunteering for Lincoln Center Elementary.
According the released documents, Babbitt and Deyo would take the teen to a concert in Minneapolis in April where they would stay in a hotel. While at the hotel, Babbitt and Deyo provided the boy with alcohol and marijuana. The teen then described a sexual encounter with the suspects saying that he “did not want to do this but felt unsure about how to say no.”
He also told police that Babbitt and Deyo took him and his friend to Babbitt’s family cabin near Brainerd a few weeks after the initial incident. Both teens said they were supplied with alcohol and marijuana and were sexually assaulted during the visit, according to the documents.
Kstp.com reported that any other victims that were identified through the investigation or that came forward on their own accord have given statements regarding Babbitt and Deyo’s actions.
H/T: ABC 5 – KSTP
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