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Former math teacher accused of having sex with two students

KeeseeFormer Sherwood High School teacher Denise Keesee turned herself into Washington County Jail on Monday, nearly six months after sheriff’s detectives began an investigation into allegations that she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with at least one male student.

Keesee, 38, taught math and coached soccer at the school until she was placed on administrative leave in 2012.

She officially resigned from her positions at the school last month.

Keesee is accused of having sexual relationships with two of her male students. The relationships occurred in 2006 and 2012, authorities say. She faces six counts of second-degree sex abuse, four from one victim and two from the other, according to Paul Maloney, a deputy district attorney with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Detective Robert Rookhuyzen with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the former Sherwood High School teacher stopped cooperating with the investigation, he said.

Prior investigation in 2008

Rookhuyzen said that along with the two victims listed in the indictment, there is evidence of a third victim and additional victims are likely.

“We received some good tips just today, and believe that it is a definite possibility that there are more victims out there,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Keesee has been investigated for having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

In 2008, sheriff’s detectives looked into similar allegations, but no charges were ever filed.

“It was a really good investigation,” Rookhuyzen said, “but the victim was not cooperative.”

The case was resurrected last fall when detectives received information from the Oregon Department of Human Services about possible misconduct between her and a student.

Rookhuyzen said detectives met with the uncooperative victim — now an adult — again and were able to gather enough evidence to file charges.

Those charges were filed on Monday by a Washington County Grand Jury, though allegations of the misconduct came to light in November.

Keesee’s husband is a Sherwood Police Officer who worked at the school as a resource officer. He is not under investigation, but his presence at the school did slow down the investigation, Rookhuyzen said.

“Imagine a place where you have all these people you need to talk to, but you can’t, because her husband is there everyday on site,” he said.

In addition, Rookhuyzen said, students who may have been willing to come forward stayed silent because they didn’t want to report what they knew to her husband.

Her husband has since been reassigned to patrol and investigators say he knew nothing about the alleged abuse.

Rookhuyzen said that in some cases, detectives had to explain to victims why the alleged actions were against the law.

“Male victims are very reluctant to come forward and talk to police,” he said. “The ones that we met with, it took a lot of effort to explain why it was wrong what she did and that these were crimes. It took a lot of time for them to trust us and speak with us.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2500.

Keesee is expected back in court June 20 for a hearing about her release conditions.

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