When elementary school teacher Aric Babbitt and his husband Matthew Deyo found they were being investigated for sexually abusing teenagers this August, they borrowed a gun from a relative, travelled to Washington, and apparently killed themselves in a murder-suicide.
Now, their suicide note has been revealed.
The letter, which was sent to their families, reveals that the couple believed they would be painted “as monsters,” People magazine reported, but that “they do not believe that they did any harm, nor did they intend any hurt.”
They choose to die “rather than losing their lives through the courts, loss of employment, loss of freedom and public humiliation,” the letter said.
Babbit and Deyo allegedly abused eight teenage boys, giving them alcohol and marijuana before having sex with them. They recorded their sexual encounters with a hidden camera in an alarm clock. “Make sure the alarm clock ends up somewhere good,” Deyo wrote to his husband once.
The abuse was revealed after a 16-year-old boy and his parents went to the police in mid-August.
“Our families want to express the sincere grief and sadness we are feeling for the innocent people affected by the actions of Aric Babbitt and Matthew Deyo,” the families of the pair said in a statement to People. “We pray for the healing of those families involved.”