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Sheriff Paul Babeu Ran Abusive Boarding School, Lived with Male Student: VIDEO


ABC15 reports that Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff Paul Babeu once ran The DeSisto School, a Massachusetts boarding school with a history of physical and sexual abuse, such as forcing students to wear sheets, sit facing walls for hours, undergo strip searches and take group showers.

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BabeuABC15 adds:

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.

Babeu left the school in 2001, according to ABC15. Three years later, the state forced DeSisto to shut down.

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  1. Sorry guys, no matter how you slice it this man is a pox on the gay community.

    Posted by: OS2guy | Feb 27, 2012 10:30:29 AM

  2. ...and there's more. I'm into this story. It just keeps getting juicer and juicier.

    That being said, I'm appalled at Babeu but not surprised considering his maturity level--getting involved and "falling in love" with someone half his age and worlds away in terms of life experience, living the cliche. Will someone find a nice cell or rock to put this guy under, please?

    Posted by: Munro | Feb 27, 2012 10:33:29 AM

  3. Oh wow! I worked at the Desisto School for a year 1988-1989 until I left to save my sanity. It WAS a cult school full of students from rich liberal families who had failed at other schools.

    Posted by: tom a | Feb 27, 2012 10:35:58 AM

  4. Wow. Indefensible, really. This guy just opens the door for all the haters to say that they were right about the gays...

    Posted by: Jack | Feb 27, 2012 10:37:26 AM

  5. And so the vindictive, vicious campaign by the gay Far Left to destroy a man whose great "sin" is being a gay Republican continues.

    Again, absolutely nothing here to suggest any illegal or unethical behavior on the part of Babeu.

    So the school he ran had strict discipline. So what? The students were "forced to take group showers"? You mean like they are in virtually every high school in America after gym class or football or basketball practice?

    And whatever relationship he had with the student was legal, so whose business is it?

    No, this is an attempt by the mainstream media to paint a gay man with all the negative stereotypes that have always been used with gay men--"they can't be trusted around children", "they are child molesters", "they are twisted perverts who are obsessed with dominance and submission".....and of course, the attempt to give it credibility by quoting his sister, who as a heterosexual female, is, of course, more trustworthy and respectable than a homosexual male.

    But instead of objecting to it, the gay Far Left approves of it and fans the flames of homophobia, having become fans of McCarthy-like witch hunts that are directed at any gay man who does not blindly and subserviently follow every plank of the Far Left agenda.

    Truly pathetic....but not surprising.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 27, 2012 10:37:39 AM

  6. This guy reeks of creepy. I truly wish he was straight, instead. Oh, how he soils our community.

    Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Feb 27, 2012 10:38:50 AM

  7. That guy is sick. He has a history of abusing his authority. 17 may be the legal age of consent in MA, but he had no business dating at the school where he was head master. Just disgusting.

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 27, 2012 10:42:33 AM

  8. "I'm appalled at Babeu but not surprised considering his maturity level--getting involved and "falling in love" with someone half his age and worlds away in terms of life experience, living the cliche"

    And that is the other cause of the vindictiveness. He actually got the hot twinks that all the rest of you lust after, but either have to do without or pay for, so you hate him for it.

    Rest assured that if this were a straight woman and a young man, the mainstream media would be applauding her as a "cougar" and so would the peanut gallery here.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 27, 2012 10:42:35 AM

  9. Hey Rick, it's UNETHICAL to wanna F*CK one of your teenage male students. You're also very nieve if you think the course of their relationship was bound within that 17 year old time frame.

    Posted by: Munro | Feb 27, 2012 10:44:43 AM

  10. While the things described are creepy; I, too, had to laugh at the fact that it is now considered child abuse to take group showers.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 27, 2012 10:45:01 AM

  11. Rick, you're delusional. Step away from the crack pipe.

    Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Feb 27, 2012 10:45:51 AM

  12. This is like watching a gay Fox News (it's on TV so it must be true). All these unproven charges being spewed over and over again. Why don't you do an indepth report on Jane Fonda's past?

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 27, 2012 10:46:31 AM

  13. As for "hot twinks that you lust after but either have to go without or pay for." Gross, dude. Way to expose your own desires.

    Posted by: Munro | Feb 27, 2012 10:46:50 AM

  14. @Rick--Nothing unethical? Schtupping a student entrusted to him by his parents isn't unethical? No hon, this isn't about trying to sabotage a good person who happens to be conservative; it's about a man who has the ethiccal capacity of a pile of dog droppings and who has no boundaries between his role as an authority figure and his penis.

    Posted by: BobC562 | Feb 27, 2012 10:47:22 AM

  15. Again, absolutely nothing here to suggest any illegal or unethical behavior on the part of Babeu.” Seriously Rick, nothing unethical? “He actually got the hot twinks that all the rest of you lust after, but either have to do without or pay for, so you hate him for it.” Have you not a shred of decency?

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 27, 2012 10:48:34 AM

  16. This guy is no saint... he's Republican, so that's pathetic enough.

    But the media coverage has turned into a witchhunt that carries a pretty strong whiff of homophobia. They are just salivating to catch him in some sort of gay sex scandal.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 27, 2012 10:49:45 AM

  17. Let's not defend Babeau just because he is one of "the community". Gays come in all stripes,just like straights, just like people. This guy is a creep.

    Posted by: v | Feb 27, 2012 10:53:59 AM

  18. Rick,

    Are you kidding? In many states it is illegal for a teacher to have a relationship with a student regardless of age of consent laws because of the authority and power a teacher has over his/her student. Both male and female teachers have gone to jail for having sex with their students.

    More importantly, did you bother to even watch the report? The investigation began 5 months ago before revelations of his relationship with a Mexican national. As for this claim about it being "far left gays" who brought this to light, where is your proof? According to this report, the sheriff's own sister had issues with her brother's relationship. Every one at the school knew about the relationship. How do you know one of Babeau's Republican challengers didn't aim the reporters at the school?

    Plenty of politicians on both the GOP and Democratic sides of the aisle have been caught in scandals.

    Finally, no one wants to hear about a student and a teacher being in a sexual relationship. The guy was a fool to think that his dalliance would not be exposed.

    Posted by: Justin | Feb 27, 2012 10:57:53 AM

  19. @RICK,

    Rick you seem to want to justify an abuse of authority by an individual, and a violation of parental trust; trying to justify these acts in an effort to support your GOProud agenda simply is indicative of how nuts you are!

    Rick, your sick!

    Posted by: Brains | Feb 27, 2012 10:59:54 AM

  20. Haha, Something tells me this guy has a lot of skeletons in his closet.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Feb 27, 2012 11:02:25 AM

  21. @ Rick I've taught adults. It would have been unethical for me to have sex with one of my students despite the fact that they were in their twenties or older.

    I thought you were the so called butch guy. According to you, we need to be more masculine. A 17 year old is not what I consider masculine. I had sex with a 17 year old once, but I was 17! Now I prefer guys with a little more mileage on them.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 27, 2012 11:03:07 AM

  22. "As for "hot twinks that you lust after but either have to go without or pay for." Gross, dude. Way to expose your own desires."

    Gosh, you're right. Got me. We all know that it is nothing but a myth that gay men lust after young, physically attractive males, the younger the better as long as they are legal. That is why you don't see any of them on gay porn sites.

    No, instead you see bald, paunchy, graying 50-somethings because, after all, it is the content of the character of a man that makes him sexy and sought-after to most gay men, not shear physical attractiveness and youth.

    The insinuation that most gay men are shallow objectifiers of other men, including each other, is completely without justification....and I apologize deeply for my mischaracterization.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 27, 2012 11:04:03 AM

  23. It's not the "gay Far Left" that's going after Babeu unless ABC15 is a Far Left gay media outlet? It's the mainstream media, who loves nothing better than an inflammatory sex scandal to amp up their ratings. And Babeu is providing them quite the soap opera: Closeted gay man über-tough on immigration but sweet on immigrants of dubious legal status and now possibly sweet on teenagers in his care . . . the Far Left didn't create his double lives, he did. And now the media is salivating over the hot mess.

    As with drinking and driving, or priests and altar boys, the combination of the closet (with all the arrested development that goes along with it--i.e. inappropriately chasing "hot twinks" instead of having relationships with men your own age), teenagers, and right-wing politics never ends up in a happy mix.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 27, 2012 11:13:40 AM

  24. Well Rick, you should apologize, because saying we all lust after 17 year olds is as usual a gross mischaracterization of the gay community you know nothing about. You just continue to spout out ridiculous generalities, like we all like kids, we're all screaming effeminate queens, we're all bisexuals, etc etc. But none of that resonates with me, and probably a large segment of the readership here, which is why you're so reviled. The last time I was attracted to a 17 year old guy was when I was around 17 years old. The last time I was attracted to fat bald 50 year olds, your counterexample, was never. But there's a whole lot of ground in between that apparently doesn't exist in your fevered brain.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 27, 2012 11:14:11 AM

  25. Rick, I have to respectfully disagree with your assessment. There is no "gay Far Left" conspiracy here. What we have is a sheriff who has lived on the edge by posing in public as one thing and living his private life as another. Gay or straight is irrelevant. It's hypocrisy either way.

    As a gay man myself, I give Babeu the benefit of the doubt. Coming from a Mormon family, I know how tough it is to be gay in a conservative environment. However, the new allegations, if true, are are rather damning.

    It appears there is a pattern to Babeu's relationships that borders on predatory. A 17-year-old boy at the school where he is executive director? Not appropriate. A Mexican immigrant when his public stance focuses on tough treatment for Mexican immigrants. It goes beyond poor judgment in my book.

    Mr. Babeu does not have what it takes to represent anyone in Congress.

    Posted by: Brad | Feb 27, 2012 11:15:15 AM

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