Detectives concerned there may be other student victims

Washington County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a Sherwood High School teacher regarding allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with a student.

Detectives received information from the Oregon Department of Human Services about possible misconduct between Sherwood High School math teacher Denise Keesee, 38, and a male student, according to Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Keesee, who also coaches soccer at the school, was placed on paid administrative leave last week by the Sherwood School District until the investigation is completed.

the Sherwood School District said Friday that it filed a report with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

Neither district nor the sheriff’s office would disclose details of the investigation, but Ray said detectives believed Keesee had inappropriate sexual contact with at least one male student.

“We have corroborating evidence to support that,” Ray said, Tuesday.

Keesee has not been arrested or formally charged with any crimes. Ray said the sheriff’s office released information about the case because detectives believe there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward.

“We need to make sure that (any additional victims) get the help they need, and if they are indeed victims of hers, that Mrs. Keesee is held responsible,” Ray said.

Parents should talk to their children about anything that was out of the ordinary, suspicious or inappropriate involving Keesee and report it to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, he added.

Sheriff's deputies began looking into Keesee’s behavior about a month ago and notified the school district about the investigation last week.

“We need to make sure that when she is arrested — which she will be — that we have our ducks in a row," Ray said. "These types of investigations are very delicate and detailed.”

A grand jury will decide when, and if, Keesee is arrested, he added. A review has not yet been scheduled.

“This is an extremely critical case, and we need to make sure we do the right thing for the right reasons,” Ray said.

Anyone who may have information involving this case is asked to call 503-846-2500.

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