Former Idaho lawmaker takes his own life amid sex abuse investigation

January 10, 2018

Lawmakers already shocked by the criminal investigation into former Rep. Brandon Hixon found themselves stunned anew Tuesday by news of the Caldwell Republican’s death.

“We are all asking ourselves what we could have done to help in the lead-up to this,” House Speaker Scott Bedke said. “I am at a loss.”

Hixon, 36, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Canyon County Coroner’s Office. A family member found him in his home early Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

He resigned from the Legislature in October after news broke that he was the focus of a criminal investigation by Caldwell police. That inquiry is apparently related to sexual abuse, according to a later request by Canyon County officials for the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to take over the investigation.

“I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of my constituents in District 10, as well as all Idahoans,” Hixon wrote in an email to Bedke and Gov. Butch Otter. “I will never forget all of my colleagues that I very much enjoyed working side by side with to make Idaho a better place for all.”

The AG’s Office had no comment Tuesday on what now happens to the investigation. Hixon’s attorney could not be reached.

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