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Sherwood police officer cleared of criminal charges

A Sherwood police officer will not face criminal charges after a lawsuit claimed he pointed a gun at a teenaged boy who was having an affair with his wife.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office said that it would not prosecute Adam Keesee, a Sherwood patrol officer after an eight-month-long investigation by the Oregon State Police.

Keesee was placed on leave in June after a lawsuit was filed against his wife, former Sherwood High School teacher Denise Keesee. The lawsuit claimed that Denise Keesee had an inappropriate sexual relationship with the person while he was a student at Sherwood High School.

Keesee served as school resource officer at Sherwood High School during the time his wife worked there. Investigators said that his appearance at the school likely prevented students from coming forward about the abuse.

The lawsuit alleged that Keesee harassed the student after learning of the affair. The complaint details an incident when Keesee allegedly pulled the plaintiff over for a traffic stop, then pointed a firearm at him.

Keesee was placed on leave in 2012 after the tort was filed.

On Wednesday, the Sherwood Police Department issued the following statement:

“(On) July 19th, 2013 the Sherwood Police Department requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to conduct a criminal investigation on Officer Adam Keesee, based on allegations of possible criminal conduct stemming from a tort claim filed against the City of Sherwood and Officer Keesee. The Police Department worked closely with the Oregon State Police and Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office throughout the investigation to ensure a fair and transparent investigation was conducted on behalf of the City of Sherwood, the community and the officer involved. After a thorough investigation by the Oregon State Police and a review by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, Officer Keesee has been cleared of any criminal charges. The City of Sherwood and the Sherwood Police Department take all allegations of misconduct seriously and is dedicated to providing professional law enforcement services and preserving the quality of life for its citizens and community. The City of Sherwood and the Sherwood Police Department is grateful for the assistance and thorough investigation conducted by the Oregon State Police as well as the methodical review of the case by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.”

Denise Keesee pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second-degree sex abuse for having relationships with at least one student while teaching at the school.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

Keesee remains on paid administrative leave as Sherwood conducts an internal investigation, according to the Sherwood Police Department.

Police spokesman Ty Hanlon declined to comment on the matter further because of the pending litigation.




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