Hot to Trot Teach Faces Six Counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault Involving Three Lucky Students

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from – HILLSBORO, Ore — “Very complicated.” That’s the way a detective on the sex assault case involving a Sherwood High School teacher describes the investigation.

Detective Robert Rookhuyzen says teacher Denise Keesee targeted vulnerable students who knew her husband was the on-campus cop.

“Some of the students she worked with were in a program for at-risk youth. These were young people who had come from broken homes… not doing well in school. And she was able to become buddies with them,” the detective said.

He’s been working the case for months, trying to get very reluctant former students to tell their stories. All the alleged victims are now adults but were underage at the time of the incidents they described.

He says the teacher’s husband’s job made the investigation even harder. “He was assigned as the school resource officer at the high school which means he is on-site at the school, and unfortunately it prevented people from coming forward essentially,” Detective Rookhuyzen said.

That officer is not accused of any wrongdoing and no longer works inside the school.

Denise Keesee faces six counts of second degree sexual assault involving multiple high-school-aged boys. She’s accused of having sex with the boys at school during school hours, at her home and at the boys’ homes.

She was booked into the Washington County jail Monday afternoon and held on $120,000 bond.

Detective Rookhuyzen says the abuse goes back at least to 2006. He says she would “date” the students, taking them to movies and the park.

At that time, Detective Rookhuyzen says the teacher wrote a statement verifying some of the allegations. He says she has since stopped cooperating with the investigation.

Keesee resigned from her teaching position in May 2013. She has been on leave since the allegations first surfaced in November of 2012.

Detective Rookhuyzen says it’s likely there are more victims who have not come forward. He is urging those people to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

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