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Modesto teen leaves former teacher after sex-abuse arrest

April 9, 2012 |  9:32 am


A former Modesto high school student who dropped out of high school and moved in with her former teacher has left the 41-year-old after he was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor.

James Hooker 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 months after Powers turned 18.

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.

Powers reportedly left Hooker and moved out of their shared apartment after the arrest.

"He called me from jail and, yes, I told him that we're done," Powers told "ABC News" on Saturday morning. "I lost everything for this guy. I lost my senior year. I gave up all my friends at high school because they didn't agree with me."

Hooker was arrested and booked on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor, police said.

Detectives initially began investigating Hooker after Powers' mother reported that the teacher had an inappropriate romance with her daughter. During the investigation, police said, they found a separate victim whom Walker was allegedly involved with in 1998.

"We believe they did develop a relationship back then,” said Lt. Rick Armendariz with the Modesto Police Department.

"He told me that he met her online and he hung out with her just as friends and then he went to her house and she came out of the bathroom naked and he only touched her boobs and her legs," Jordan Powers told ABC. "He was freaked out so he left and went home. He said nothing else happened, but all of that was a lie."

Hooker was released Saturday after posting $50,000 bail, the Modesto Bee reported.


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