South St Paul Teacher Murder-Suicide: Did Aric Babbitt Abuse Minors?
A teacher from South St. Paul elementary school, Aric Babbitt, along with his husband Matthew Deyo, were discovered dead from an apparent murder-suicide last week in Washington. They were the subject of a criminal investigation. Babbitt was on paid leave.Advertisement
According to Twin Cities, there was ongoing criminal investigation for Aric Babbitt and his husband Deyo. The investigation was initiated almost two weeks ago after allegations were made against the couple, as reported by South St. Paul Police Chief Bill Messerich on Monday.
However, Messerich could not reveal the nature of the allegations and who made them. This is because, he said, the investigation is still active. “It’s early, but there are some allegations … and we’ve executed a search warrant,” Messerich said. “Overall, it’s a tough one.”
In a report published by CBS Local, court papers related to the investigation showed that a 16-year-old ex-student and his parents went to South St. Paul police with a disturbing accusation. According to the publication, the 16-year-old alleged that the elementary teacher sexually assaulted him. The former student also turned over Polaroid photos of himself naked with the teacher.
The teenager said that the teacher became his mentor before he revealed to his family that he is gay. He explained how Babbitt and his husband took the teenager to a hotel and to a cabin for sex. They had intoxicated the teenager using marijuana and alcohol.
The teenager had a breakdown after the incident and told his parents and brother. His brother heard before from another former student about sexual contact with the teacher and his husband.
Neighbors of the couple were shocked by the murder-suicide and had no idea of the accusation.
“It gives you cause to pause,” said Gerren Bond, a neighbor. “It scares me for a lot of different reasons. Especially as a person having kids.”