Authorities on Tuesday said that former Idaho state Rep. Brandon Hixon (R-Caldwell) has died in an apparent suicide.
Canyon County, Idaho Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris said Hixon was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Caldwell home early that morning.
Hixon, 36, was under investigation for potential sexual abuse before his death, and a family member discovered his remains Tuesday.
The Republican abruptly resigned from Idaho’s Legislature last October amid reports he was the subject off a criminal probe for potential sexual abuse.
The office of Idaho’s attorney general was overseeing the investigation, but declined comment on Hixon’s death Tuesday.
“I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of my constituents in District 10, as well as all Idahoans,” Hixon said in his resignation letter last year.
“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.”
Records show that Hixon was previously the focus of a separate police investigation in Idaho after he was accused of inappropriate touching in 2014.
Hixon denied the allegations at the time, additionally telling police that he worried they could damage his political career.
The ongoing investigation into Hixon’s conduct began Oct. 5, 2017, and it is unclear how it is connected to the aforementioned case.
Hixon was arrested twice for drunken driving following his resignation last October, including one incident last month that also saw him charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest.
The Republican’s suicide Tuesday marks the second by a GOP lawmaker amid sexual misconduct allegations in less than a month nationwide.
Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson (R-Mount Washington) committed suicide in December amid reports he had molested a teenage girl.
Johnson adamantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in 2013 before his death.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.