Timothy Even suicide: A former Maine track coach of the year kills himself in an apparent suicide after admitting to having sex with a female teen student.
A report via the Press Herald told of the Stoneham educator being found dead in his car Friday, after being convicted of unlawful sexual contact and assault in December.
‘His death is not suspicious and is believed to be a suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning,’ state police Lt. Walter Grzyb said.
Cops said Even’s vehicle was backed into a log landing in Lovell.
The state Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to publicly determine the final cause of death.
The man’s death comes after the former Westbrook High School track coach, initially denied maintaining sexual relations with a female student.
Investigations revealed Even conducting an almost 5-month-long relationship with the un-named girl. It wasn’t until detectives revealed copies of explicit texts he and the student had allegedly exchanged that the track coach admitted to his indiscretions.
Notice of the illicit sexual relations came after a friend of the girl saw the messages and, along with her parents, reached out to police.
Investigators said that the teacher student relationship began in April 2016 and continued up until Even’s arrest in September.
‘This is a situation that started with the best of intentions,’ Even wrote in an affidavit released in September. ‘Unfortunately my lack of professionalism and self-control created a situation that got out of hand.’
A report via WCSH cited Even telling authorities that he and the student had sex on three different occasions at a park in Portland.
At the time, the track coach apologized to the school district, the student and the girl’s family.
Come December, Even was convicted on misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact and assault.
The age of consent in Maine is 16 but teachers and school employees are prohibited by law from having sexual relationships with students.
According to an online obituary, Timothy Michael Even was coach of the year for the Southern Maine Athletic Association in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for Westbrook High School. Even was an employee of Camp Susan Curtis a nonprofit camp for economically disadvantaged youths for 14 years, the last seven serving as the assistant director.
Reflected Kate Hall, a renowned former student track athlete at Lake Region High School via wlbz2, ‘He was just an overall amazing person. You could just tell that everyone loved him,’
Adding, ‘He was so funny, and as a track coach at Westbrook he got so many more athletes to join the team.’
In the aftermath of Timothy Even’s suicide, students and associates took to social media to express their gratitude for the track coach’s work along with expressing their grievances with the man’s passing. They all described the love his students and fellow community members had for him.