Ex-wife of Idaho state lawmaker who killed himself says he was under investigation for molesting two girls

Ex-wife of Idaho state lawmaker who killed himself says he was under investigation for molesting two girls

The ex-wife of an Idaho state lawmaker who shot and killed himself earlier this week said her former husband was being investigated for allegedly molesting two girls, including one female relative.

Danielle Eirvin Hixon claimed to The Associated Press that Brandon Hixon (R) raped and inappropriately touched one of the girls for more than 10 years.

She said that she told police about the alleged abuse after learning about it from one victim, who was a relative, and from the mother of the other victim. The couple divorced in 2016.

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"Brandon made people believe that he was a stand-up, morally correct person," Hixon said. "But behind the house walls, he would cheat on me and molested children."

The former lawmaker was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot earlier this week. He stepped down from his position in October after reports emerged that he was under investigation for “sexual abuse allegations.”

Hixon said that she did not reveal the details of the allegations against her ex-husband earlier at the instruction of investigators, who told her to keep them confidential until charges were filed.

A spokesman for the Idaho Attorney General’s office did not comment on the investigation to the AP.

Hixon called her ex-husband a “coward” for killing himself and told the AP that it robbed her of the chance to find justice in the legal system.