Ore. teacher removed from school during 'misconduct' investigation

Ore. teacher removed from school during 'misconduct' investigation

SHERWOOD, Ore. – A Sherwood High School teacher was put on administrative leave on Monday after the district learned she was being investigated for alleged sexual contact with a student.

The teacher's name is Denise Keesee, according to Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Ray said they are investigating reports that Keesee had some kind of sexual contact with at least one student. They also want to hear from anyone else who has information about the case.

He said they first got word of the allegations about a month ago from the Department of Human Services. On Monday, investigators determined it necessary to contact the school district and Keesee was immediately put on administrative leave.

Ray said investigators escorted Keesee out of school and questioned her.

Michelle DeBoard, the human resources director for the district, said Keesee has been at the high school since 2006.

“The district responded immediately and removed the teacher from school,” DeBoard said.

A KATU reporter tried to speak with Keesee at her home on Friday morning. We heard people in the home, but nobody answered the door.

So far no formal charges have been filed.

Keesee's husband works at the Sherwood Police Department and is the school's resource officer. He has not been connected to the investigation and the state agency that licenses police officers told KATU he has a clean record.

One neighbor we talked with on Friday said she was surprised by the allegation.

"They've just been a lovely family," said Dorothy Orth. "I can't believe it that there would be anything there."

Do you live in Sherwood and have information about the investigation? E-mail newstips@katu.com

KATU reporters Thom Jensen and Valerie Hurst contributed to this report