As i said, when the shit hits, it hits hard. New allegations about gay Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu were just released. But this time it involves him allegedly having a relationship with a 17 yr old male student while he was in his 30’s and the Headmaster at a private boarding school for troubled teens that was shut down in a barrage of physical, sexual and extreme abuse. Forced group showers, strip searches, being made to strip naked and where a sheet in front of other students and made to sit in a corner facing the wall for hours a day. Babeu’s own sister confronted him about his relationship with the 17 yr old.
Pinal County Sheriff and U.S. Congressional candidate Paul Babeu was the school’s Headmaster and Executive Director from 1999 to 2001.
While Babeu ran the school, the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services launched an investigation into repeated allegations of abuse.
The ABC15 Investigators traveled across Massachusetts and tracked down reports that have never been released.
The documents show that during Babeu’s tenure the school was not licensed. Other allegations include detailed instances of physical and sexual abuse.
Several students we spoke with say they also knew a secret about Babeu.
It was a secret that Babeau’s older sister said she discovered one day after visiting his home.
Lucy Babeu told the ABC15 Investigators she confronted her brother after finding a student from DeSisto school living with Babeu.
“I said what is this student from Desisto doing here? He says, ‘Lucy, he’s my boyfriend. I love him’.”
Lucy Babeu told us her brother was having a relationship with the male student.
“I said Paul get a hold of yourself here,” said Lucy. “You were his teacher! You were his Executive Director! You can’t do this.”
ABC15 is not identifying the former student. He has not responded to our interview requests.
At the time, he was 17 which is the legal age of consent in Massachusetts.
“He was of age. He would be what we considered a high school senior,” said Nielsen.
Holli says she knew the student personally.
“It was widely known but not discussed. People were aware of it,” said Nielsen. “It was kind of swept under the rug.”
Babeu left the school in 2001. Three years later, the state investigation forced DeSisto to shut down.
Babeu declined our requests for an on-camera interview, but his spokesman sent us this statement:
“DeSisto Private School’s mission was to save troubled, yet talented youth in a therapeutic environment. The Sheriff served three years and was recognized for helping restore financial stability of the school. He was never the target of any investigation or lawsuit. Sheriff Babeu is a recognized leader for Victim’s Rights.”
I think Babeu better just pack his bags and hit the road because people can handle a “gay outing” but a man in his 30’s allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17 yr old student at a school where he was the headmaster will not sit well at all with anyone, especially the conservative voters he is trying to court…