HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A former Sherwood High School teacher was sentenced to a month in jail Monday for the sexual abuse of one of her former students.
Denise Keesee, 38, a special education math teacher, was convicted of two of six counts of second-degree sex abuse in a Washington County courtroom Monday.
The offenses dated back to 2006. Keesee, then a special education and math teacher, was accused of having sex with two boys at her home and the homes of the boys during school hours. She was married to the school's Sherwood police liaison officer at the time.
A $5.1 million lawsuit was filed against Keesee in June by a man who was a 16-year-old special ed student at the time. The suit claimed Keesee groomed the boy and then sexually abused him after he was placed in her class due to learning disabilities. The suit also alleged that Keesee’s husband threatened the boy with a gun after learning about the sexual relationship.
Keesee pleaded guilty to two counts of sex abuse against one boy in February and the other four charges were dismissed.
Keesee was sentenced to 30 days in the Washington County Community Correction Center and five years of probation. Keesee must also surrender her teaching license and register as a sex offender.
Keesee resigned her teaching position in May 2013. She has been on leave since the allegations first surfaced in November of 2012. Her husband was cleared of any criminal charges but has been on administrative leave from the Sherwood Police Department since June of 2013 while the police conducts an internal investigation.