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Former Satellite High music teacher facing sexual misconduct charges, found dead

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Facing both criminal and civil legal battles for allegedly soliciting sex from one of his students, former well-know Satellite High music teacher Timothy Liscum, was found dead in his Melbourne home this weekend from an apparent suicide. He was facing a court hearing this week.

As a result of his death, the criminal charges have been disposed of by the State Attorney’s Office. The civil suit against him and the Brevard Public Schools District is still pending in federal court.

In January 2023, Agents from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit (SORT) arrested 64-year-old, Timothy Liscum of Melbourne, after he traveled to a location in Brevard County expecting to meet a minor child for the purpose of having sexual relations.

Liscum, was a teacher at Satellite High School and had been communicating through an electronic device with an actual student at the school.

The student became concerned about the content of the conversations and told another student, as well as a trusted teacher, who immediately reported the information to school administrators. The administrators contacted the Satellite Beach Police Department who requested assistance with the investigation from BCSO Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit.

Tim Liscum 1985, first year at Satellite High

As a result of the request for assistance, Agent Aja Stake took over the online identity of the child and during subsequent conversations, Liscum, thinking that he was still talking to the child, solicited the student to meet for the purpose of having sexual relations. Much to his surprise, Liscum was arrested when he arrived at the pre-determined location and was taken into custody for Use of a Computer to Solicit a Child and Travel to Meet After Use of a Computer to Lure a Child. Liscum was transported to the Brevard County Jail.

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Because of the student’s bravery to come forward, and those who assisted her, she potentially saved victims in the future, as well as may have encouraged possible victims of the past.

Liscum’s suicide illustrates the serious personal ramifications of legal challenges and public accusations, bringing to light the often-overlooked human element in such disputes. Even reporting such circumstances brings its own set of challenges and concerns. As the community deals with this tragedy, the dialogue around the protection of students, the accountability of educators, and the mental health implications for all involved must be discussed.

Liscum had been employed with the Brevard County School Board for the last 30 years. Anyone who may have additional information about Timothy Liscum is asked to please call Agent Aja Stake at (321) 633-8410 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

This is a breaking story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

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