Group of Teens Uncover Math Teacher's Connection to "Sex Cult" Murder

Group of Teens Uncover Math Teacher’s Connection to “Sex Cult” Murder


If there was ever a convincing argument to google someone before you hire them, this story might just be it.

Tyler Deaton was hired as a math teacher at Lancaster High in February after passing state and federal background checks, but was placed on leave after a group of his students used the internet to uncover his bizarre background, a history that included murderous allegations involving a religious sex cult.

What the group of teens discovered were allegations from Kansas City news sources recounting how Deaton’s wife was murdered by a religious cult to cover up a history of sexual abuse. As if those claims weren’t bizarre enough, the stories even pointed to their math teacher as the supposed leader of the sex cult.


In October, Deaton’s wife was found in the back of a van with a plastic bag over her head, a scene that led investigators to initially believe she had committed suicide. They changed their minds a week later when Micah Moore, a member of Deaton’s religious group, confessed to the murder claiming that Deaton had ordered her death. Moore told police that Deaton’s wife Bethany was killed for fear that she would expose the group’s sex rituals. Moore eventually recanted his confession, his lawyer calling the admission a “fiction born from a fragile mental state.”

“[My daughter] was hoping it was a joke,” one student’s mother, Krissy Johnson told The Kansas City Star. “I was angry to see how he was able to get close to our kids with this currently going on in his life. It makes me wonder if Google needs to be part of the basic background check so the school can pick up on any information the background check missed.”

Deaton has not been charged, but remains on administrative leave as the case is ongoing.

The weirdest thing my high school math teacher ever did was fiddle with his colostomy bag in class. Not so bad when I put it in perspective.

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  1. Cullan Hudson

    04/19/2013 at 7:07 AM

    “And I would have gotten away with too if it weren’t for you meddling kids.” Ruh roh, Raggy!!

    • Greg Newkirk

      04/19/2013 at 7:14 AM

      The real twist will be when they pull his face off and there’a a hideous demon underneath.

      • Coppertop

        04/19/2013 at 10:48 AM


  2. Ken Summers

    04/19/2013 at 7:23 AM

    Our high school math teacher was a radio DJ in the 70s… and looked like it. Plus, he was color blind… so you always knew the days when his wife didn’t have time to pick out his clothes for him in the morning. He also has a case of ADD… we loved moving things slightly askew on his desk and seeing how long it would take before he could’t fight the impulse to fix them.

    Entertaining? Sure. But this wins the prize for weirdness.

  3. Shinywen

    04/19/2013 at 2:59 PM

    Not sure about this. All there is to incriminate this guy is a confession, later recanted? It’s a weird story to be sure. But I’m uncomfortable with us entering an age when anything that was ever said about us on the internet can (and will, if current trends are indicative) be used against us. It’s a fine line we walk between being sure about people, and being alarmist and invasive of privacy.

    • Greg Newkirk

      04/19/2013 at 3:02 PM

      That’s where that wonderful word “alleged” comes in. But seriously, google him.. there’s plenty of weirdness.

  4. EnderWiggin

    04/20/2013 at 1:43 AM

    Innocent until Googled guilty!

  5. EmmSeven20

    04/22/2013 at 8:36 PM

    I’ve worked at two different criminal defense firms, and of the cases where the defendant initially confessed only to later recant, it was because the attorney was trying to save their ass. Sure, it could be a “mental” thing (which, by the way, was almost always our attorneys’ excuse for recanting) but it looks more like this guy couldn’t live with what he knew and decided to come clean. Then his attorney swooped in for some damage control.

  6. Melissa

    05/23/2013 at 9:05 AM

    Mr. Deaton was actually a really good teacher,(he was our third calculus teacher this year) my whole perspective changed after I found out about this whole sex cult and murder.

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