Sheriff Babeu repeatedly denied having knowledge of widespread abuse at boarding school

Sheriff Paul Babeu repeatedly denied any knowledge or awareness of the mistreatment of students at a controversial Massachusetts therapeutic boarding school.

The Sheriff and Congressional Candidate also publicly threatened to sue after a 2012 ABC15 report exposed troubling details about his time working as the DeSisto School’s headmaster and executive director.

Babeu never agreed to sit-down interview requests to discuss his time at the school. But in an impromptu interview with reporters two weeks after the story first broadcast, Babeu called the report “blatantly false” and a “reckless disregard for the truth.”

When pressed about how he couldn’t have known about a Massachusetts’ Child Care Services lawsuit and investigation that began at the school during his tenure, Babeu responded, “You don’t even know what you’re talking about.”
“You don’t even know what you’re talking about”

Babeu also had his attorney send letters demanding retractions and clarifications.

In a letter written by one of Babeu’s attorneys, it said, “Not only has ABC15 refused to retract or clarify its errant reporting, it has accelerated its baseless attacks against the Sheriff by errantly reporting that he was involved in, responsible for, and/or aware of the mistreatment of students during his employment with the DeSisto School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.”

The letter immediately continued, “These allegations are false...”


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