TEACHER-STUDENT SEX SCANDAL IMPLODES: JAMES HOOKER JAILED, JORDAN POWERS IN HIDING

Posted: April 7, 2012 in by John Dilligent
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A high school teacher who left his family to date a former student was arrested yesterday on charges of sexually assaulting a different student years ago.

James Hooker, 41, was arrested in Modesto, Calif., after police discovered he had an an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in 1998. Hooker has been under investigation for his involvement with 18-year-old Jordan Powers, his former business class student, with whom he appeared on national TV programs earlier this year to profess his love.

Hooker was charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor and is in jail, according to a statement from Modesto police. Hooker allegedly befriended the victim while teaching at Enochs High School, and developed a romantic relationship with the student. Hooker then allegedly sexually assaulted the then 17-year-old girl.

Hooker and Powers spoke publicly about their relationship in March, days after Hooker quit his job as a teacher at Enochs in order to move into an apartment with Powers the same day. Hooker left his wife and children, including a 17-year-old daughter who attends Enoch High School, in order to date Powers.

“He’s my best friend. I mean, he’s more than just a lover,”  Powers has said of Hooker.

The couple has said that their relationship evolved over time and did not become romantic until Powers turned 18.

Powers has stopped taking classes at the school but still plans to graduate this spring through independent study.

Detectives initially began to investigate Hooker after Powers’ mother reported an alleged inappropriate relationship between them, citing phone records showing long, late-night phone calls and more than 8,000 text messages between the couple, which began before her daughter turned 18.

Tammie Powers has been an outspoken critic of the relationship, waging a Facebook campaign against Hooker and appearing on national TV to condemn his actions.

“He shouldn’t be with kids,”  she said. “I’d like to see him arrested. I’d like to get information from when she was a minor and have him arrested.”

Hooker, however, has repeatedly said his relationship with Powers is legitimate.

“Love will overcome everything, “  Hooker told a therapist, who spoke to ABC News. “I love my children. I love Jordan. I think that you’re making judgment calls. And I think that we’ll prove you wrong.”

Meanwhile… Jordan Powers, the California student who left school, her family and her friends to live with her teacher boyfriend, has ended the relationship and moved out of the apartment the two shared  after the teacher was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting another girl 14 years ago.

“He called me from jail and yes, I told him that we’re done,”  Powers  told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “I lost everything for this guy. I lost my senior year. I gave up all my friends at high school because they didn’t agree with me.”

As for Hooker’s arrest and the surrounding details of the prior illicit affair, Powers had this to say:

“He told me that he met her online and he hung out with her just as friends and then he went to her house and she came out of the bathroom naked and he only touched her boobs and her legs,”  Powers said. “He was freaked-out, so he left and went home. He said nothing else happened, but all of that was a lie.”

Despite the charges, Powers said nothing happened romantically between her and Hooker prior to her 18th birthday.

The teen said she believed the woman came forward now to help her see the truth about Hooker and rescue her from the relationship.

“My heart dropped. I felt betrayed. I just have a gut feeling there are other girls,”  Jordan Powers said.

Her mother, Tammie Powers, who has publicly tried to end the romance from the beginning, expressed relief at Hooker’s arrest. “It’s my contention all along that he used authority and that he’s a predator,”  she said.

But a reconciliation between mother and daughter isn’t happening just yet. Jordan Powers said she is staying with a family friend in another state while she recovers from her heartbreak.

“How could he lie to me for all these months and look me in the eye and tell me he loves me?”  she said. “I don’t know how someone could have such a cold heart.”

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Special thanks to Good Morning America, ABC and Yahoo, located at:  http://gma.yahoo.com

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