The Sherwood Police Department announced Aug 20 that Officer Adam Keesee did not violate department policy and was officially placed back on duty following a six-month investigation by the department.

In June 2013, Adam Keesee was placed on paid administrative leave based on allegations of possible criminal conduct following a tort claim filed against the city and Keesee. An inquiry was then conducted into allegations that he harassed an underage student who had a sexual relationship with his wife, Sherwood High School teacher Denise Keesee.

“On Aug. 18, 2014, the internal investigation was completed and found no violations of Sherwood Police Department policies by Officer Adam Keesee,” a media release from Sherwood police stated. “The internal investigator found the allegations against Officer Adam Keesee to be unfounded.”

In February, Denise Keesee pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual abuse involving contact with a 16-year-old student at the school.

Following a complaint in July 2013, the Sherwood police asked the Oregon State Police to conduct a criminal investigation of Adam Keesee, the results of which were forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s office.

A deputy district attorney said the officer used his position to make the student’s life difficult after he found out about the relationship between the student and the officer’s wife, however, Adam Keesee could not be charged with criminal conduct because of a lack of evidence, Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brock determined at the time.

After that investigation was completed in February, Sherwood police conducted an internal investigation, initiated by the city attorney’s office, hiring a third-party investigator to determine if any department policies were violated.

Adam Keesee’s attorney, Dan Thenell, said the officer is glad he has his old job back.

“He’s very happy to be back to work I would say, very grateful that the city did a thorough investigation (into) the allegation brought by this young man,” said Thenell, adding that he believed the city of Sherwood did a more thorough investigation than what had been conducted previously by two other public agencies who he didn’t name.

Meanwhile, this spring, a young man who said he was a victim of Denise Keesee, filed a lawsuit saying that Adam Keesee and five unnamed officers condoned Denise Keesee’s sexual abuse by harassing that teen. Adam Keesee’s attorneys have said the allegations are untrue. That lawsuit is unresolved.

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