Past comes back to haunt gay sheriff now campaigning for congress
ABC15 investigators have uncovered physical and sexual abuse allegations at the Massachusetts unlicensed “therapeutic” DeSisto boarding school formerly run by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. He was the school’s headmaster and executive director from 1999 to 2001
Read this shocking investigative report and watch the ABC video by Dave Biscobing, who traveled across Massachusetts and tracked down reports that have never previously been released: Documents: Babeu ran private boarding school with history of physical abuse
The accompanying video includes a revealing interview with Paul Babeu’s older sister Lucy Babeu, expressing her shock when he moved a 17-year-old former male student into his home. Babeu, 43, defended his actions, saying the young man was “his boyfriend” and he “loved him.”
The problem-plagued DeSisto School used a variety of controversial and appalling disciplinary techniques, which are meticulously detailed in the report.
On February 18, Seeing Red AZ wrote that Babeu was scurrying to quell rumors after another ex-lover — Mexican national Jose Orozco — claimed that Babeu threatened to deport him if he exposed information about their homosexual relationship.
ABC15 reports that Orozco, 34, was employed by Paul’s brother, Shaun Babeu, an elected Pinal County justice of the peace, in violation of the provisions of Orozco’s tourist visa.
Now Paul Babeu is a congressional candidate who spends an inordinate amount of his site space defending himself against the sordid information, although he now acknowledges his long-rumored homosexuality. Despite the negative publicity of posting nearly nude photos of himself on the gay website men4men and launching deportation threats against Orozco, the arrogant Babeu plods on with his campaign.
Notice, however, that his “upcoming events” dance card is empty. Not much of a surprise since these issues are not the stuff to generate campaign contributions from the family values folks in the district from which he is running. His message “It’s time to send a true conservative to Washington, D.C.” doesn’t seem to be resonating.