Timothy Even 28, convicted of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and assault in December was found dead in his car near Stoneham, Maine, on Friday
The ex-track coach, who admitted to having sex three times in a park with 17-year-old student apparently committed suicide
Even was a former girls’ track coach at Westbrook High School, died of carbon monoxide poisoning
His affair with the student was exposed in Sept 2016 when another student went to police after finding explicit text messages between the 17-year-old and coach Even
He was convicted of unlawful sexual contact and assault in December
Even admitted that he had sex three times at a park with a 17-year-old student
Although age of consent in Maine is 16, teachers are prohibited from engaging in sexual relations with students over whom they have authority
Timothy Even was a girls’ track coach at Westbrook High School, until his teacher-student sex scandal last year
Timothy Even was found dead in an apparent suicide near Stoneham, Maine, on Friday
A former girls’ track coach who admitted to having sex three times with a 17-year-old student in a park was found dead in an apparent suicide.
Timothy Even is believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning when he was found unresponsive in his car at a log landing site near Stoneham, Maine, on Friday.
The 28-year-old was a girls’ track coach at Westbrook High School until he was arrested last September for having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Even admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old, saying he couldn’t control his feelings and was convicted of unlawful sexual contact and assault in December.
Even’s car was found backed into a log landing in Lovell, Maine, near his hometown’s border line, reported the Press Herald.
State Police Lt. Walter Grzyb said in a statement: ‘His death is not suspicious and is believed to be a suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.
‘The medical examiner’s office will make the final determination. An autopsy is not expected but further testing will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.’
Coach Timothy Even cheers on Westbrook track athletes at Maine State Pentathlon Championship in 2012
Westbrook High School, Stoneham, Maine
Even was arrested in September when another student went to police after finding explicit text messages between the 17-year-old and Even.
The relationship had been going on since April 2016, only ending when Even was arrested.
Even initially denied the allegations but later confessed to having sex with the student when he was confronted with the evidence.
He wrote in an affidavit that was released in September: ‘This is a situation that started with the best of intentions.
‘Unfortunately, my lack of professionalism and self-control created a situation that got out of hand.’
Coach Timothy Even in the dock during his December trial for having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student. He killed himself Friday
Timothy Even [in blue, foreground] with staff and students at Westbrook High School
Even also told police that he had sexual relations with the student three separate times outside at a park, according WCSH6.
Even was convicted of the misdemeanor charges in December.
In Maine, the age of consent is 16 years old but sexual relations with students are prohibited by law if a school employee has authority over that student.
Despite the conviction, former students of Even paid tribute to him on social media.