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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

James Hooker Update: Assemblywoman Tries to Legislate Teacher's Love for Student

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

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Despite efforts to derail James Hooker and his questionable relationship with his student, the Modesto teacher, who ditched his wife and kids for 18-year-old Jordan Powers, has managed to keep his young girlfriend and also his pension.

Well, at least he will have money to take care of her.

As we previously reported, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) pledged to put an end to these kind of perverse student-teacher relationships with new legislation that makes it a felony for any teacher to date a student, even if that student is 18. While her legislation was in response to Hooker's shocking relationship with Powers, it won't have any affect on Hooker and his love.

But moving forward, any K-12 teacher who is busted having inappropriate communication or a sexual relationship with a student would automatically lose their pension, according to the bill, which was proposed today.


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Naturally, Powers' mother, Tammie, is thrilled about the bill, but not so thrilled about her daughter's relationship with 41-year-old Hooker, who taught Jordan business at Enochs High School.

"I believe this bill will serve as a deterrent, as a preventative measure," Tammie Powers told reporters at the Capitol today. "As parents, we send our children to school with the expectation that they're going to be safe, they're going to receive a good education. Not that they're going to be pursued."

But Hooker and Power -- who first met when she was 14 --  both swear they didn't act on their love for one another until Powers turned 18, and Hooker could legally be with her. However, Powers' mother claims Hooker was chasing after her daughter long before she was 18 -- and she has text messages to prove it.

Although the relationship is legal now (the couple is living together), the circumstances  leading up to all of this still has Modesto police curious; the cops launched an official investigation of the high school sweethearts, who have become a media sensation.

If the bill passes, California would join 23 other states in penalizing teachers for inappropriate relationships with students. 

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