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Friday, April 6, 2012

James Hooker, Modesto Teacher Who Moved in with Student, Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

This relationship might be legal, but his other one wasn't
  • This relationship might be legal, but his other one wasn't

James Hooker, the 41-year-old Modesto high school teacher who ditched his wife and kids for one of his students, was arrested today -- but not for his questionable relationship with 18-year-old Jordan Powers.

While police had been investigating whether that relationship was legal, they came across a previous relationship that definitely wasn't legal. According to Modesto police, Hooker was romantically involved with a 17-year-old student when he taught at Davis High School in 1998. Media outlets are reporting that Hooker befriended the victim and developed a sexual relationship with the minor -- and investigators claim there's evidence to prove it. 

Today's arrest raises even more questions about his current relationship with Powers, who had been one of his students at Enochs High School. While Powers is now of legal age, her mother -- and police -- have questioned whether this relationship began when she was still a minor.
 

In extensive media interviews, both Hooker and Powers insist that they did not act on their love for one another until she turned 18. Once she became legal, he quit his job, left his wife and three daughters (one of whom is a year younger than Powers), and moved in with his teenage girlfriend.

click to enlarge James Hooker's booking photo
  • James Hooker's booking photo
Powers' mother insisted Hooker had been preying on her daughter long before she turned 18 -- and said she has a string of text messages between the two of them that says so. In media reports, Hooker challenge police to dig up whatever they wanted.

And dig up they did.

Police say they have obtained evidence that corroborates the victim's allegations of the 1998 affair. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Hooker, who has been booked on charges of oral copulation with a minor.

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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