Sherwood

Fmr. student sues teacher accused of sex abuse; husband put on leave

Fmr. student sues teacher accused of sex abuse; husband put on leave
Denise Keesee. (Washington County Sheriff's Office photo)

SHERWOOD, Ore. – One of the alleged sex abuse victims of a Sherwood High School teacher is suing the teacher and the Sherwood School District for $5.1 million.

Denise Keesee, 38, was arrested last week. She’s accused of sexually abusing at least two of her former male students while they were still attending classes at the school, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Keesee was put on leave in November 2012 after deputies told the school district she was being investigated for alleged contact with one student.

The lawsuit said Keesee began sexually abusing the boy during his sophomore year in 2006. He was 15 or 16 years old at the time, according to his lawyer. The victim is now 22 years old.

Keesee was the boy’s teacher in a special education math class and began sexually abusing him at school, according to court documents.

“It’s especially troublesome in a case where the victim is vulnerable and in this instance it was a special ed class,” said Randall Vogt, the victim’s lawyer. “The victim was very vulnerable and the sexual actions began right in the classroom.”

Vogt said the boy thought he was involved in a romantic relationship with Keesee.

Husband put on leave

Keesee's husband, Adam Keesee, was placed on administrative leave by the Sherwood Police Department Tuesday. Officer Keesee worked as the Sherwood High School resource officer when the abuse occurred, according to court documents.

Court documents said that when the victim threatened to tell the principal about the sexual contact, Keesee threatened to tell her husband about it, which she eventually did. According to the lawsuit, Adam Keesee tried to prevent the boy from coming forward about the abuse by pulling him over and pointing his gun at the boy during traffic stops.

The boy moved away from Sherwood because he was afraid of what Adam Keesee would do to him, court documents said.

Detectives think there are more victims who were involved with Keesee. Anyone with any additional information about this case is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

KATU went to Adam Keesee's house seeking comment Tuesday. But no one was home.