South St. Paul teacher, husband dead in murder-suicide were under investigation for sex crimes
To his teen victims, Aric Babbitt was an elementary teacher, community volunteer supervisor and mentor. He and his husband Matthew Deyo were friends of their families, so staying overnight or going on trips with trusted adults wasn’t questioned.
That was until Aug. 14 when a juvenile boy and his parents went to South St. Paul police to report an ongoing sexual relationship with Babbitt and Deyo, according to a Dakota County court document made public this week. Investigators would soon learn he wasn’t the only victim.
On the day police tried to get a statement from the couple, they borrowed a gun and several rounds of ammunition from Deyo’s brother and headed to Washington state. A kayaker found their bodies with gunshot wounds on a beach on Lopez Island Aug. 25, and police discovered a suicide note.