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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. As for the "abuse of authority" BS, the student was 17 and apparently on the verge of graduation....there is no evidence, apprarently, that he was pressured in any way by Babeu to engage in a relationship with him, sexual or otherwise.....(i.e. no indication that Babeu threatened to harm him in any way or give him bad grades if he didn't).....and I will add that if I had a dime for every male college professor who took up with one of his female students (often in exchange for good grades), I would have amassed a small fortune by now.

    If this had been a 10-year-old or if there was evidence of abuse of power, that would be one thing, but there is not--all there is, apparently, is two people of legal age having had a relationship with each other. Love happens in all kinds of ways and circumstances and for some of you to sit here in judgment and cheer on a witch hunt by the homophobic straight media is really pathetic.

    You have become such total prisoners of the Far Left that you cannot even think straight any the extent that you are doing severe damage to our own community.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 27, 2012 11:16:51 AM

  2. Only Rick (or Jason) would defend a predatory relationship between a high school student and a grown administrator as a left-wing conspiracy. You really should look into therapy.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Feb 27, 2012 11:27:23 AM

  3. So, the prudes on the Far Left are disapproving of Babeu but the Far Right is embracing the closeted gay sheriff after they learned how much he likes immigrants and teen-aged boys? Who knew the Far Right was so open-minded!

    P.S. Most boarding schools have explicit policies about what those in charge of students can do with students, and usually f**king them isn't on the list of approved relations. Maybe this boarding school had no problem with such relations and maybe the allegations are false; if so, I'm sure Babeu's far-right supporters will put it all aside and flock to the voting booth on his behalf. Since he never had or wanted the Far Left vote to begin with, he shouldn't care much whether we approve or not.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 27, 2012 11:37:53 AM

  4. @Ernie

    "Most boarding schools have explicit policies about what those in charge of students can do with students, and usually f**king them isn't on the list of approved relations"

    So does the Congress of the United States, but the first two "out" gay Congressmen, both liberal Democrats from the same state as Babeu--Barney Frank and Gerry Studds--violated those rules by hitting on teenage pages (and both were closeted when they did so, as are virtually all Democrats in Congress as we speak)......but, unlike Babeu, you and others on the Far Left regard Studds and Frank as heroes and role models rather than villains.....

    I am sure partisan politics has absolutely nothing to do with that double standard and the hypocrisy it represents, though, does it?

    Certainly not.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 27, 2012 11:44:30 AM

  5. @Rick: Going after a hot twink (of legal age) isn't in-and-of itself unethical. Doing so from a position of authority is! Contrary to some folk's dom/sub fetishes, relationships are supposed to be mutual.

    That has been the whole point with this guy. As far as I'm concerned, he comes across as a guy with a narcissistic personality disorder and keeps landing in positions of authority; and he leverages that authority to secure improper relationships. He may get off on it, but the other guy gets hurt.

    While the particular facts need further investigating and confirmation, the pattern itself is unfolding pretty clearly.

    Posted by: William | Feb 27, 2012 11:46:17 AM

  6. The worst thing about the story is that Babeu is a Republican

    Posted by: George | Feb 27, 2012 11:50:08 AM

  7. Rick: I am a graduate student at a major public university. Every student in my graduate program serves as a teaching assistant at one time or another and the very first thing they tell us is DON'T SLEEP WITH YOUR STUDENTS. Keep in mind, this is college, so the vast majority of the students are of age, so legality is not the issue. Rather, it is a problem for someone in a position of authority at an educational institution to enter into a sexual relationship with his or her students because of the power dynamic. This dynamic doesn't go away just because a student is "of age."

    As for the twink thing... for me, no thanks. While I'm not into the fat thing, a 50-year old guy with a little salt-n-pepper around the edges and some muscle... bring it! The line forms here-->. :-)

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Feb 27, 2012 11:51:11 AM

  8. @Rick. I went to three different high schools. The only people who "group showered" were the school teams after practice and games and it WASN'T REQUIRED. There was never any time after gym class for showers in each school I attended.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Feb 27, 2012 11:57:29 AM

  9. Rick here's my thing
    First I don't give a s-it about this man, if he wins I just hope he does the right thing

    How is the "far left" going after him and focusing on him any different then what you do with feminine leaning men? You're on a witch hunt your self. Look I gained some respect for you because you said you were there fighting for my generation but every argument involves women, str8 people or feminine men.

    Not every situation can be linked to women or str8 people. No legislation in congress or state houses, that involved us, would have passed with out the help of str8 men and women.

    This dude Rick has bigger problems then the "far left", his opponent in his own party is using the gay card, saying the community they represent is really really conservitive and family oriented, we all know what republicans mean by that, anti gay.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 27, 2012 11:59:35 AM

  10. Hello Dave Biscobing (hot reporter!!)

    Posted by: arundel | Feb 27, 2012 12:07:41 PM

  11. The only gay republican worth being proud of was Abe Lincoln.

    Posted by: sleepy bears | Feb 27, 2012 12:09:57 PM

  12. Barney Frank? What century are you living in?

    Like I said, Babeu is not courting the Left with his political positions, he's courting the Right. (It wasn't by accident he spoke at CPAC.) So the Left really has nothing to do with his political fate before or after the mainstream media began reporting on his hypocritical soap opera love life. His political fate resides entirely with the people who support his policies--the Far Right. They're his political base, just as the left was Barney's political base. If, as you suggest, the Far Right is more tolerant than the Far Left, Sheriff Babeu should be the next Republican Congressman from AZ. And, after the serves a few decades in Congress, as Barney Frank has, we can start comparing them. Till then, Babeu doesn't really have enough cojones to be compared to a scandal--survivor like Barney.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 27, 2012 12:12:07 PM

  13. Lord, "ethics" are such a tired and archaic concept. Get over it. Older teacher wants to do younger student: perfectly fine and natural. The Classical paradigm, which our entire country was founded upon in the late 18th century, had a place for such a relationship. It was the relationship between the erastes and the eromenos. And there was usually more to the relationship than just sex, although our prudish American minds seem to like to linger on the sex aspect.
    Blah, blah, blah, positions of authority, blah, blah, blah, unethical, blah, blah, blah.... is pretty much all I hear from this thread.

    Posted by: Skyglider | Feb 27, 2012 12:20:37 PM

  14. Um, Skyglider, I don't know which country you mean by "our entire country," but the US was founded on the concept of consent found in the Enlightenment works of Locke, Montesquieu, and Hobbes. None of these philosophers advocated pederasty. Maybe you are posting from another time and place - 500BC Athens?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Feb 27, 2012 12:35:19 PM

  15. Absolutely, Rick--I mean, Skyglider. Maybe that should be tough-talking Sheriff Babeu's new campaign slogan? "Blah, blah, blah, positions of authority, blah, blah, blah, unethical, blah, blah, blah: Babeu, Republican for Congress 2012."

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 27, 2012 12:38:35 PM

  16. Sounds like he's a natural fit for Congress.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 27, 2012 12:52:08 PM

  17. Well all those rushing to this man's defense (Rick) should keep in mind it's not like this is some shock to Babeu. His sister wrote about these allegations over 18 months ago online stating he was having relations with this student & how his closeted life would harm him in the end. She wrote then about how he had relationships with lots of men & even one of the men he discarded, found a place to live with their family. He had a lot of enemies because he was cheating on them or had bitter breakups.

    Four months ago there were even online speculations that Sheriff Babeu was gay & that he should come out if he is.

    Sheriff Babeu instead of responding, continued his very reckless behavior. I'd say he has some psychological issues to deal with especially if it's true he was abused by priests as he alleges. Don't know but I doubt if he's really fit for congress.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 27, 2012 12:58:34 PM

  18. The big conspiracy of the "far left" Arizona? Really? Have you ever been to Arizona? Do you know anything about the political leanings of the residents there? "Far left" is hilarious nonsense. Probably more likely an attack from the "far right" than the "far left."

    This is a local station doing an investigation into a high profile person to gin up ratings. Period. And from what we've seen so far, not a very good investigation with much fact or criminal activity.

    The real quiz for me why would the closeted Babeu run for the senate knwing his past would be scoured? Knowing there were these problems with his ex-? Knowing there was possibly some damaging information about this school he head mastered? Do these guys not think this stuff will eventually surface and there will be questions about it? But I will say, where Babeu goes, trouble does seem to follow...trumped up or not.

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 27, 2012 1:01:11 PM

  19. GEORGEM - not that I don't have a life and spend way too much time reading posts here, but it seems to me that "RICH" and "RICK" are different people. RICH talked about a relationship, RICK couldn't possibly do so. And speaking of RICK...

    Pitiful Creature of Darkness - and STILL an idiot!

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 27, 2012 1:03:37 PM

  20. OH and I should add this was his response when his sister, Lucy, was posting about his relationship with the student at his school. A relationship confirmed by other students by the school & about him being gay.

    "At the time, we asked Chris DeRose, Babeu's campaign manager, about the comment, and he responded that Babeu had a sister with a mental illness who was posting comments like this on various websites. We had already deleted the comment, so we pursued it no further." - The Chino Valley e-news, explaining Babeu's take on a comment outing Babeu as gay.

    So this Babeu that people (Rick) are so valiantly defending was scummy enough to call his own sister mentally ill just to avoid being outed publicly.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 27, 2012 1:06:53 PM

  21. you know....i'm always puzzled by the "he was 17, it was legal here" thing.

    even when i was in my mid-20s i wouldn't date, nor hook up with, some guy who was 19 (NINETEEN) because, as my responsible gay brothers have imparted to me: "there are some things 19 year olds should figure out with other 19 year olds"

    enter right-wing suck-up closeted reluctant homosexuals - of course they want some teen ass. teen ass doesn't tell.

    Babeu is revealed to be even more of a scumbag with each new story.

    and guys, can you please stop feeding RICK questions? if you want an honest response from him simply ask him for the URL for his own page where he shows the Strong Masculine Gay Example he claims that he embodies.

    trust me. try it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 1:10:00 PM

  22. @Little Kiwi: I think you may have hit upon the title of chapter one of the Cowardly Closet Case Handbook... "Teen Ass Doesn't Tell." Well done. :-)

    Two other possible chapter titles:
    "Guys With Expired Tourist Visas (Usually) Don't Tell"
    "The Minneapolis Airport Men's Room"

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Feb 27, 2012 1:24:19 PM

  23. Ethics - yeah, that really annoying concept about doing what is right despite what may be legal or acceptable; the difference between what you can do and what you should do. A point of view that becomes a guiding life force - who needs that?

    So, doing the math, Babeu would have been, what, 33? And the student was 17 when he was living with his "head master" (oh, don't even touch that one , TJ)? Not just an older guy who meets someone of age, but his teacher, his leader, his authority figure? It's called a duel relationship. Ethically, the private and the professional shouldn't mix. It's not good business. It creates a difficult situation for everyone, not just the student involved but the other students who know about it. You don't sh*t where you eat. Not ethical. Not cool. But that's the thing with some authoritarians. It's "do as I say, not as I do, because I have the power and can do what I want."

    As someone who has dealt with young people in a professional setting and has striven to make all my contact ethical and above reproach, Babeu makes me sick. He makes it that much tougher for all of us.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 27, 2012 1:24:37 PM

  24. TJ
    I hear ya, I'm on here to much lol
    Are you referring to the other story he was commenting on? Didn't Rick say he was late 40's in a relationship for 20 years and lives in Alabama?
    I think that was Rick, no?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 27, 2012 1:34:09 PM

  25. guys, don't just ASK rick - ask for PROOF

    nothing makes an angry right-wing gay disappear faster than asking for proof that what they talk about is true.

    seriously. ask him for the URL to his own page. watch him evanesce.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 1:39:19 PM

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