Timothy Even, a track coach from Stoneham, Maine, was found dead in his car on Friday of last week. The apparent suicide comes after an indictment on five counts of gross sexual assault from earlier this year, according to The Press Herald.
Even was having a sexual relationship with a student. He originally denied the existence of the relationship but confessed when police showed him sexually explicit text messages he had exchanged with the victim. The messages were originally found by a friend of the victim who showed her parents and police.
The relationship had begun in April of 2016 and continued until police arrested Even. He was convicted of misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact and assault.
“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.”
“My apology will never be enough," he wrote to the victim's family.
Although the age of consent in Maine is 16, teachers and school employees are legally barred from having relationships with students. Even had been employed by the Westbrook school district since 2013.
“His death is not suspicious and is believed to be a suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning,” said state police Lt. Walter Grzyb. Even's vehicle was found on a log landing on Route 5. A medical examiner will make the final determination about the death.
Friends and community members mourned Even, despite his criminal record.
"He was just an overall amazing person. You could just tell that everyone loved him," said Kate Hall, a colleague of Even's. "He was so funny, and as a track coach at Westbrook he got so many more athletes to join the team."
Others posted memories on social media:
[Photo: Screenshot via WCSH]