A former Idaho lawmaker shot and killed himself three months after police launched what appears to be a sexual abuse investigation into the Republican politician.
The former wife of an Idaho Republican state lawmaker who shot and killed himself this week says he was under investigation for molesting two girls, including a young female relative who was abused for more than 10 years.
She told the Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that she told police about the abuse and that her ex-husband raped and inappropriately touched one of the alleged female victims for about 11 years.
“Brandon made people believe that he was a stand-up, morally correct person,” said Hixon, who was married to the former lawmaker for 10 years until their divorce in 2016. “But behind the house walls, he would cheat on me and molested children.”
A family member found Brandon Hixon, 36, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his Caldwell home on Tuesday, Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris said.
Hixon was serving his third term when he resigned from the state House of Representatives on Oct. 19, two weeks after police launched a criminal investigation into allegations of possible sexual abuse.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show that he was previously the focus of a separate police investigation in 2014 after being accused of inappropriate touching.
At the time, Hixon denied the accusations and told police he was worried they would harm his political career. Charges were never brought against Hixon because the alleged victim was not able to provide enough details, according to the Idaho Statesman.
It’s unknown if the new investigation was connected to the earlier case and the attorney general’s office declined to comment Tuesday.
Hixon’s death comes one month after Dan Johnson, a Kentucky state representative, shot and killed himself amid accusations he molested a 17-year-old girl during a sleepover in 2013.
The deaths of both Hixon and Johnson come at a time when politicians as well as powerful figures in media, business and entertainment have been fired or forced to resign in the face of sexual misconduct allegations.
Hixon became one of the youngest lawmakers to win a seat in the Idaho House of Representatives when he was elected in 2012.
After stepping down, Hixon was arrested twice for drunken driving and was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest last month.
Hixon, who got a divorce from his wife in 2016, is survived by his four children, ages 6 to 17.