SHERWOOD, Ore. (KOIN) – A $5.1 million lawsuit has been filed against the Sherwood School District and a former teacher accused of having sex with at least two male students.
Thirty-eight-year-old Denise Keesee, who taught algebra and coached girls' soccer at Sherwood High School, was arrested June 18 on six counts of second-degree sex abuse. She had been on leave since November of 2012, and resigned in May.
The lawsuit was filed June 20 in Washington County Circuit Court by attorney Randall Vogt, records show. It alleges that one of her victims was a special education student, The Oregonian newspaper reported Monday.
The two relationships occurred at separate times between 2006, when Keesee began working at the school, and 2012, the Washington County Sheriff's Office reports.
The victims, who are now adults, told detectives she would text them, take them on dates, and have sex with them at her house or theirs. The relationships lasted several years, the sheriff's office said. She allegedly met at least one victim through the program "Reconnecting Youth," which focuses on at-risk teens.
Her husband, Adam Keesee, is a Sherwood police officer and was a resource officer at Sherwood High School during the time she was employed there. At this time, he is not under investigation.
According to The Oregonian, the lawsuit states that the plaintiff met Keesee when he was a sophomore in her special education class. When he threatened to expose the abuse, Keesee told him she would tell her husband, which she eventually did. The complaint states her husband then began harassing the student with traffic stops, and even pointed a firearm at him.
In a statement released late Tuesday afternoon, Sherwood Police Capt. Ty Hanlon said, "Officer Adam Keesee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation regarding his wife, Denise Keesee. At this time the Sherwood Police Department will not comment any further."
Meanwhile, detectives believe there could be more sex abuse victims in the case. The sheriff's office is investigating.
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