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Elementary School Teacher Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide May Have Abused Multiple Kids: Reports

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A Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband, who were found dead last week in an apparent murder-suicide in Washington state, may have sexually abused multiple underage boys, according to reports.

Aric Babbitt, 40, and Matthew Deyo, 36, were reportedly found dead on Lopez Island on Aug. 25, just two weeks after one of Babbitt’s former students went to police and accused him of sexual assault.

More possible victims have now been identified, according to court documents obtained by multiple news agencies.

The accusations first came to light Aug. 14 when the teen told police that he’d allegedly had “an ongoing sexual relationship” with Babbitt – a teacher at Lincoln Center Elementary School in South St. Paul, Minnesota – and Deyo, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

(Local police and school district officials did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

According to the Press, the teen alleged the couple invited him to a jazz concert in Minneapolis soon after he turned 16, where they stayed overnight at a hotel. At the hotel, the two men allegedly plied him with alcohol and had sex with him, the teen said.

The teen said he didn’t want “to do this, but felt unsure about how to say no,” according to the Pioneer Press.

The teen also allegedly provided police with Polaroid pictures of himself naked with Babbitt, who he said became his mentor after he came out as gay, according to CBS Minnesota.

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On another occasion, Babbitt and Deyo allegedly took the teen and his friend to Babbitt’s cottage, gave them alcohol and then sexually assaulted them, KSTP reports.

The court documents said Babbitt and Deyo allegedly showed the teen and his friend pornography and gave them access to a porn subscription. The couple allegedly created a Dropbox account for the boys and requested that they post nude photos of themselves on it, the Pioneer Press reports.

The couple also allegedly invited several teens to their downtown Minneapolis hotel room during gay pride weekend, according to the Star Tribune. Babbitt allegedly flipped out on one of the teens because the teen wouldn’t have sex with him after Babbitt spent thousands of dollars on them over the weekend, according to the Tribune.

When police searched the couple’s South St. Paul home on Aug. 16, they said they found a hidden camera inside a bathroom clock, according to the Pioneer Press; and one of the victims told police that Babbitt allegedly suggested he masturbate while in the bathroom.

Babbitt was placed on administrative leave on Aug 17, and after police questioned the couple, Babbitt and Deyo allegedly “borrowed a gun and several rounds of ammunition from Deyo’s brother and headed to Washington state,” according to the Tribune.

The paper reports that a kayaker found their bodies with gunshot wounds and police later discovered a suicide note.

Babbitt’s death has been ruled a homicide, according to a coroner’s report obtained by the Pioneer Press.