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Modesto teacher who left wife for student in court on sex charge

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A former Modesto high school teacher who made headlines for leaving his wife and family for a student appeared in court Tuesday, after being arrested last week and charged with sexually abusing a minor in an unrelated case from 1998.

James Hooker, 41, resigned from his teaching post at Enochs High School in February and moved in with Jordan Powers, an 18-year-old student he met while working at the school.

The pair met when Powers was a freshman, but both say their relationship did not begin until after Powers turned 18. Powers’ mother waged a very public campaign seeking criminal charges against Hooker.

On Friday, Hooker was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student in 1998 when he taught at Davis High School in Modesto, police said.

In court Tuesday, a judge ordered Hooker to surrender his passport, the Modesto BeeĀ reported.

Hooker, who was arrested and booked on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor, remains free on $50,000 bail.

Powers reportedly left Hooker and moved out of their shared apartment after the arrest. In an interview with ABC News, she said she was “done” with the teacher. “I gave up all my friends at high school because they didn’t agree with me,” she said.

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Modesto teacher resigns, moves in with 18-year-old student

A teacher from a high school in Modesto has resigned, left his wife and moved in with his girlfriend, an 18-year-old student.

The Enochs High School teacher and the student said they did not have a physical relationship until the day the girl turned 18. The girl’s mother said she has proof that their relationship began sooner. She said she has text messages, phone records and a police report to help build her case.

So far, no arrests have been made. Investigators are trying to figure out whether or not the teacher had inappropriate contact with the student when she was underage.

The teacher, James Hooker, has left his wife and children. He has a daughter who is a junior at Enochs High School.

In an interview with the Modesto Bee, Hooker said, “In making our choice, we’ve hurt a lot of people. We keep asking ourselves, ‘Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?’ ”

The paper reported that the girl’s mother has waged a public campaign on Facebook since her daughter moved in with Hooker last week.

 

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