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Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:01 pm | Updated: 6:02 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Scottsdale police arrested a 33-year-old school nurse on suspicion she had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

Courtney Bisbee, a nurse at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, was booked into jail Wednesday on suspicion of child molestation, said Scottsdale police detective Sam Bailey.

Police said Bisbee and the boy, a student at Desert Shadows Middle School in Phoenix, became acquainted at the Phoenix home of mutual friends.

The boy's mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the family's identity, filed a restraining order Feb. 6 to keep Bisbee from contacting her son through his school, home or a third party.

"All I can tell you is she would not stop," the boy’s mother said Thursday. "She wouldn’t stop trying to contact my son."

In the request for an injunction against harassment, the mother wrote that the Horizon principal and she continued to ask Bisbee to stay away from her seventh-grade son and that neither her nor the father had ever met Bisbee.

"She made sexual advances at him and has continued to make contact with him and have a sexual relationship over the past five days," she wrote in the court order.

She said she was stunned to receive a call from her son's middle school on Feb. 2, alerting her that he left with a woman later identified as Bisbee, before the school realized they'd failed to check Bisbee's identification.

"As far as the junior high, I am very upset with them for letting him go and not calling me until he'd already gone with this person," she said.

Bisbee reportedly picked up the boy from school under the guise of taking him to a doctor's appointment, police said. Instead, the two went to her home in the 14800 block of North 102nd Street in Scottsdale, where she touched his genitals and had him touch her breasts and genitals, according to police reports.

School officials called the boy's mother to confirm the appointment, and discovered he was not scheduled to see a doctor. Bisbee, who was divorced a year ago, gave her maiden name to school officials when she collected him. She was not on the list of people approved to pick him up, police said.

The boy's mother called her older son, who attends Horizon High School, police said. He told her his younger brother was babysitting Bisbee's 4-year-old child, who was ill. His mother called Bisbee's house, where the suspect said the woman's son had just left.

"She lied to me; she told me she had dropped him off at McDonald's when he was still in the home," the boy's mother said. "She kept him all day."

Three days later, on Feb. 5, Bisbee engaged in sexual activity with the boy again at the Phoenix home where he was staying, Bailey said. Later that night, an adult man living at the home overheard a telephone conversation between the boy and Bisbee revealing the sexual nature of their relationship, including comments from Bisbee about them going to Las Vegas together.

Using another phone, the man called the boy's mother. The mother later contacted police.

Judi Willis, spokeswoman for the Scottsdale Unified School District, said Bisbee told the office she was a relative of the boy.

"A parent volunteer in the office who called the student to the office, did not have a chance to check ID," Willis said.

She said Desert Shadow's principal plans to change the procedure at the front office.

"One thing she's going to do, is the checking will be done before the student is called to the office," Willis said.

Police said the nurse was involved with the student for about a month before the boy's mother discovered the relationship and reported it to police.

The boy, whose parents are divorced, normally lived with his father, Bailey said. He was staying temporarily with friends of the family in Phoenix because his father was in police custody for an unrelated issue, Bailey said.

"I hope that she never, ever, ever gets the ability to work with children again," the boy's mother said.

Bisbee has worked at Horizon since Jan. 5, but was placed on leave Feb. 5 after the principal learned she had picked up the boy from his middle school, Willis said.

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