Nearly five months after a school teacher from Minnesota and his husband were found dead on an island in Washington, police have revealed that the pair had been accused of molesting at least eight young boys.
On August 25, 2016, 40-year-old Aric Babbitt and his husband, 36-year-old Matthew Deyo, were found dead on an island in Washington state.
Authorities believe Deyo shot Babbitt in the head before turning the gun on himself in what has been described as a murder-suicide.
According to the Pioneer Press, Deyo’s parents gave authorities a suicide note that the couple had left with them a few days earlier.
In the note, Babbitt and Deyo stated that the molestation accusations were “too great to overcome” that the couple decided to “choose their own destinies rather than experience the embarrassment, ridicule, hatred and inevitable loss of freedom that the justice system would give.”
According to police, the investigation into the couple began on August 14, when a 16-year-old boy revealed to his parents that he had been sexually assaulted.
An application for search warrant and affidavit filed that month showed that authorities soon tracked down two more victims. One was the boy’s best friend and the other was a teen who had known Babbitt since the second grade.
Each boy explained to police that both Babbitt and Deyo had given them alcohol and marijuana before forcing them to have sex.
Many of the victims revealed that Babbitt had initially helped them work through their own difficulties in life.
At least two of the teens said Babbitt had helped them come out as gay while another revealed that the seemingly caring teacher had acted as a father figure during his parents’ separation.
After the first victim finally told his parents what the couple had done to him, authorities immediately obtained a search warrant for Babbitt and Deyo’s home.
According to a search warrant filed on August 23, police found drugs, paraphernalia, child pornography, and Polaroid pictures of the victims in “various states of undress” in the pair’s home.
In all, about eight boys accused Babbitt and Deyo of sexual assault, and the pair saw no way out.