Teacher James Hooker resigns after leaving his family to be with an 18-year-old student
The Modesto Bee is reporting that a local teacher is under investigation after his relationship with an 18-year-old student was made public. James Hooker, 41, recently left his wife and children to move into an apartment with Jordan Powers. Hooker met Powers when she was a freshman. Both are saying that the relationship is consensual and did not develop until after she turned 18.
Jordan’s mother disclosed the relationship to police after finding out through text messages that she read on her daughter’s phone. School officials were quick to respond to the allegations and suspended Hooker from his teaching position. Hooker resigned three weeks later and Powers is currently on independent study but plans to graduate in May.
Police are continuing their investigation to determine if there is any evidence that the relationship started before Powers was 18. The girl’s family and the community are shocked and express an overwhelming sense disapproval and betrayal.
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