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Modesto mom vows to 'get' teacher who's living with her daughter, 18

March 3, 2012 |  6:00 am

The Modesto mother who has waged a public campaign against a teacher who left his wife and moved in with her 18-year-old daughter has vowed to prove that his actions were criminal.

James Hooker, a teacher at Enochs High School in Modesto, resigned from his job, left his wife and moved in with Jordan Powers, one of his students, recently. He has said that he has no regrets and that he has committed no crimes in his relationship.

Hooker, Powers and her mother, Tammie Powers, are making the national talk show circuit as the case  continues to grab headlines since the Modesto Bee first reported it.

Modesto police have not arrested Hooker, 41. They have declined to comment while the investigation is ongoing.

But in an interview this week with Nancy Grace, Tammie Powers said she has more than 8,000 text messages and is trying to gather other evidence. She said Hooker booked a hotel room using his school-issued email address, but her daughter was 18 at the time.

"I believe there was a sexual relationship," Powers said. "You don't coincidentally the day after she turns 18, just blatantly call this student, text her, have this epiphany that you want to be with her. "

She said she wants his teaching credentials revoked so he doesn't replicate the same scenario.

"I'm going to get him," Powers told Grace. "He's messed with the wrong mother."

Hooker and Jordan Powers have defended their relationship, even though they know it is hurting those they love. Hooker left his wife and children, including a 17-year-old daughter who attends the same school.

"I don't regret anything," Hooker said on "Good Morning America."

"He's my best friend," Jordan Powers said. "I mean, he's more than just a lover."

The Modesto Bee noted that in addition to "Good Morning America," the couple had plans to appear on "Dr. Phil, " "Inside Edition" and NBC's "Today" show.

Jordan Powers told the newspaper that the couple's side needs to be told to counter the criticism led by her mother.

"We're just trying to get the story out," she said.

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-- Kimi Yoshino


Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2012/03/01/2093567/teacher-student-couple-attracting.html#storylink=cpy
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