Sherwood teacher pleads guilty to abusing boy, 16

Ex-Sherwood High School teacher Denise Keesee leaves court after being arraigned on six counts of sexual abuse, June 18, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Ex-Sherwood High School teacher Denise Keesee leaves court after being arraigned on six counts of sexual abuse, June 18, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A 39-year-old Oregon teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy who was a student at Sherwood High School, where she was a teacher.

The Oregonian reports that Denise Keesee entered her plea Monday.

Keesee had faced six charges of second-degree sexual abuse involving two students. She accepted a plea deal and admitted to two counts involving one victim.

The contact was first investigated in 2008, when the boy’s mother reported finding inappropriate text messages. The investigation was dropped until allegations involving another student surfaced in 2012.

The Washington County sheriff’s office investigated, since Keesee is married to a Sherwood police officer, who was the school resource officer from 2011 to late 2012.

Keesee was placed on leave in November 2012 and resigned last May.

Washington County Circuit Judge Kirsten Thompson indicated the state would recommend five years probation. A sentencing hearing was set for April 21.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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