Daily Mail reports:
A Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband had sexual conduct with eight underage boys, according to a police report following a four-month investigation.
South St. Paul police closed the investigation into teacher Aric Babbitt and his husband, Matthew Deyo, and released the documents this week.
The couple was found dead August 25 in an apparent murder-suicide with gunshot wounds on Lopez Island in Washington state.
Neither was charged in relation to the abuse allegations.
The deaths came shortly after a 16-year-old boy and his parents went to South St. Paul police to report an ongoing sexual relationship between the teen and the men.
The 134-page investigative file obtained by the St. Paul Pioneer Press shows the case went beyond the 16-year-old’s allegations.
According to the documents, seven other boys came forward after the teen’s allegations became public and police confiscated photos and videos from the couple’s phones, computer and other media devices.
The case file says the alleged abuse took place at the home of the married couple, at Babbitt’s family cabin in Crow Wing County, at Minneapolis hotels and at Deyo’s parents’ farm near Hastings.
Police said that in many instances, Babbitt, 40, and Deyo, 36, gave their alleged victims alcohol and marijuana and bought them phones or other devices to stay in touch.
The first accuser told police that Babbitt was his former teacher and volunteer work supervisor.
The boy said Babbitt was a mentor for him when he came out as gay to his family and that the teacher gave him gifts of underwear and yoga shorts and also asked for photos before he was 16, according to the investigative reports.
Court documents state that in April, Babbitt and Deyo offered to take the 16-year-old to a concert in Minneapolis and promised to ‘treat him to a hotel stay’ while in town.
Upon arrival, the married couple allegedly plied the teen with alcohol and marijuana until he became very intoxicated, and instead of going to the show, all three had unprotected sex, according to the records.
The boy woke up the next day in the hotel room to discover Matthew Deyo touching him, the documents state.
Later, Babbitt and Deyo asked the 16-year-old and his friend to follow them on Tumblr, where there were nude photos of the 40-year-old teacher and videos showing him pleasuring himself.
The pair also gave the teens access to their pornography subscription and created a Dropbox account for the boys for the purpose of sharing X-rated photos of themselves.
Another alleged victim told police that when he was 16 years old, Babbitt and Deyo told him they had a surprise for him in the bathroom. When he entered the room, he said he found a tablet with pornography playing on it.
According to the account of an additional victim, when he went to take a shower at the couple’s residence, Babbitt encouraged him to masturbate in the bathroom, the court documents recount.
‘As a school district, we strive to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students,’ South St. Paul schools Superintendent Dave Webb said in an email to the Pioneer Press. ‘This has been very hard on our entire South St. Paul community.’
Babbitt was a teacher at Lincoln Center Elementary since 2002 and was put on paid leave after the district learned of the allegations August 17.
Back in August, his sister, Sara Babbitt, revealed in a text message sent to a friend, and later forwarded to the Pioneer Press, 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 the day the couple was found dead in Washington state, she received a letter in the mail from Babbitt, but did not reveal what it said.