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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

James Hooker, Modesto Teacher, Wins Back Former Student, Jordan Powers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

It's like an after-school special only with sex scenes
  • It's like an after-school special only with sex scenes

Perhaps James Hooker, the 41-year-old teacher/lover/inmate who ditched his wife and kids for a student, took our advice on how to lure 18-year-old Jordan Powers back into his arms.

After the Modesto high school teacher was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting another student 14 years ago, Powers packed her bags, moved out, and bought a ticket to Ohio where her mother lives. She confessed her hurt to news reporters, saying she had lost everything for this man, whom she met as a freshman at Enochs High School where he taught business.

But news reports now reveal that Powers, who, by the way, dropped out of high school, has gotten back together with Hooker, who had been relentlessly calling, texting, and even waving the Bible around -- anything to get his high school sweetheart back.

"It is awful," Jordan's mother Tammie Powers told reporters. "This is what pedophiles, predators do. They isolate them from family."

The news came the same day that California legislators decided it was inappropriate to criminalize teachers like Hooker for having sexual relations with their students -- even if they are 18. They claim, among other things, that it could really interfere with the important instruction of sexually charged literature, including The Great Gatsby.

Jordan Powers talks to CBS through the couple's screen door in Modesto.


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