Keesee faces probation and must register as sex offender

A former Sherwood teacher will spend the next month in jail after she pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one of her students.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Kirsten Thompson sentenced Denise Keesee, 39, to 30 days in jail as well as five years probation. Keesee must register as a sex offender and complete treatment. She is to have no contact with teenagers and will have to surrender her teaching license.

Keesee taught math at Sherwood High School for six years before being placed on leave in November 2012. She also was an assistant girls’ soccer team coach at the school.

She formally resigned in May 2013.

In February, Keesee admitted to two counts of second-degree sex abuse with a 16-year-old student on several encounters starting in 2005. The affair lasted until 2009, and Keesee said she had sexual encounters with the boy at her home, the boy’s home and at Ibach Park in Tualatin.

Keesee reportedly admitted to an affair with another student, to whom she sent nude photos of herself. No charges were filed in that case because the student was 18 at the time.

Detectives began investigating Keesee in 2012 after the Department of Human Services passed on information to the Sherwood Police Department about an inappropriate relationship involving a student.

Keesee’s husband, Adam Keesee, is a police officer with the Sherwood Police Department and served as school resource officer at the school at the time.

Adam Keesee was re-assigned after the investigation began and has since been placed on leave after a third student came forward with allegations involving his wife.

That student accused Denise Keesee of sexually abusing him and filed a $5.1 million lawsuit in Washington County against her and the Sherwood School District.

In the lawsuit, the boy, now in his 20s, said the former teacher groomed him for a sexual relationship, and he was vulnerable to “force, threat, duress, coercion, persuasion, or physical or emotional injury” while at school.

The lawsuit also claims Adam Keesee retaliated against him after finding out about the affair.

Oregon State Police said Adam Keesee didn’t do anything illegal, but called his conduct “unprofessional” and said his motive was clearly to get back at the student.

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