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

April 10, 2012 | 10:34 am


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 Bee 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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-- Stephen Ceasar

Photo: Former teacher James Hooker after his courtroom appearance on Thursday in Modesto. Credit: Debbie Noda / The Modesto Bee