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    Teacher quits, leaves wife, moves in with student; outrage ensues

    MODESTO, Calif. — A California teacher quit his job, left his wife and kids, and moved in with an 18-year-old student less than half his age, saying he knows "she's the one."

    The relationship between James Hooker, 41, and high school senior Jordan Powers shocked loved ones and community members, and prompted police to launch an investigation into whether there was inappropriate contact between the two before Powers turned 18 last September.



    In the meantime, the teenager's mother has waged a campaign on her Facebook page and in the media to publicly shame the man she called "an arrogant pervert."

    Tammie Powers said her daughter moved out of the family home last week and into an apartment with her former business teacher at James Enochs High School in Modesto.

    "In making our choice, we've hurt a lot of people," Hooker told the Modesto Bee http://bit.ly/yolkBV . "We keep asking ourselves, do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts."

    In a televised interview with ABC News, Jordan Powers called the man "my best friend. I mean, he's more than just a lover."

    The couple, who met when she was a freshman, insisted that their relationship was platonic until mid-December, when they started talking more frequently. He taught business classes for 15 years with the school district and advised three campus clubs.

    "I just kind of knew that she's the one," Hooker told the Bee newspaper.

    Hooker — who has three children, including one who's a junior at Enochs — said he's confident that he'll be cleared in any police investigation into accusations that they had a physical relationship while she was a minor.

    "There's no evidence of that. There's no proof of that. It didn't exist," Hooker said.

    Tammie Powers told the newspaper she began having suspicions about the relationship when her young son went to the emergency room in January and her daughter met the family there, accompanied by Hooker.

    Powers said she later went through cellphone records and found 8,000 text messages as well as late-night phone calls between the two, going back to last summer, and believes he pursued the teen while she was underage.

    Powers contacted school officials with her concerns, and Hooker was placed on suspension Feb. 3. At that point, Jordan Powers insisted she was no longer in contact with him, the mother said.

    "She promised me they didn't have contact. I didn't know until last week there was a sexual relationship. We didn't see any of it," she said.

    Modesto City Schools Superintendent Pam Able confirmed Hooker's resignation on Feb. 22.

    "Allegations of Mr. Hooker having a relationship with a student is the source of great concern for staff, students and parents. I consider student-teacher dating relationships to be not only unprofessional but immoral," Able said in an e-mail statement to the Bee.

    Jordan Powers said she no longer attends classes at Enochs and is currently on independent study to get her high school diploma, though she plans to attend her school's graduation ceremony in May.

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    Saw this story on Yahoo. Dude's got some serious problems. Not the least of which is he may do some time.
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    Take the immorality out of it, I don't see the problem with it.

    She's eighteen years old, in our society that is an adult, she can be with whomever she wants to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Take the immorality out of it, I don't see the problem with it.

    She's eighteen years old, in our society that is an adult, she can be with whomever she wants to.
    It's a little weird to comment on this because I am getting in to teaching. However, I know from knowing teachers as family friends that when you have young male teachers--24 or so and up (I know this guy is older, just stating my knowledge of this kind of stuff)--the ink is barely dry on the diploma before this stuff happens. But at least they're careful for them to be 18 and graduated. This is more common than people think, at least the "legal" relations between teacher and student once the "coast is clear". And if you're young and single, and you have a really hot 18 year old pursuing you, it can't be easy to resist. In my experience student teaching, though, it's VERY easy to see that these girls are YOUNG, and that in no way is attractive. I never really let myself look at them as anything other than kids, but you have to be conscious of were your eyes are, NOT having witty banter with girls, and despite the fact that they want to do it all the time, NO two-arm hugs. I learned these tips early on. When I had my last day of student teaching and a female student came up for a hug, I turned and used one arm so it's as obvious as possible that there is nothing there.

    The reason is that this guy is really lucky is that this can backfire. If the girl wants to ruin you, she can.

    As far as whether or not they had contact beforehand, obviously something was developing. But I guess he's no longer a teacher, and she's 18, so who cares. This won't last, I don't think, but that's beside the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Take the immorality out of it, I don't see the problem with it.

    She's eighteen years old, in our society that is an adult, she can be with whomever she wants to.
    no way this relationship started the day she turned 18

    my problem with it is that this guy was in a position of power over his students...if he were a janitor, it would be different....maybe

    but he was a teacher and as such has a higher level of responsibility to his community

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    But that is morality, not legality.

    As long as he didn't solicit before she was of the age of consent, he didn't do anything illegal.

    Creepy and immoral, sure. But not illegal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Creepy and immoral, sure. But not illegal.
    But that was my point. Dude leave his wife and 3 kids, one of whom was just a year younger than this girl, for this 18 year old. Creepy doesn't begin to describe it.

    The legality is something for the courts to sort out.
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    If they didn't break the law and are happy, I don't really care much.

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    Looks like someone is bringing back the hotness to Modesto California! This is a hilarious story, with hotness written all over it. Creepy pervy teacher, hits on student, student moves in with him...


    Seriously though, while it may not be legal, it is down right creepy. Some questions I would ask as a parent, has he had contact with other students in his 14 year tenure? Does he have a record? Is he visiting strip clubs, porn sites, and etc. Also what was the emotional state of the 18 year old before hand? Does she have a troubled past? Sounds like a lifetime made for tv movie at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostonian View Post
    Is he visiting strip clubs, porn sites, and etc.
    Even if he did, who cares?

    I haven't been to either in a very long time, but I don't see how him doing so would be a problem.
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    My daughter just turned 17 and when I talk to her, its still talking to a kid. She's a smart girl, works part time etc, but we're not talking about current events or any deep subject matter. Thats what i dont get in these relationships,like this and that actor dude married to that 15 year old however old she is. What do they talk about? Unless they just screw nonstop.
    Dealing with it.

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    The only silver lining I see here is that he quit his job and took himself out of range of other people's children.
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    I'm not claiming to be a tough guy but if that was my daughter that dude would be in serious pain. You probably wouldn't even have to pay someone if you didn't just do it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    and prompted police to launch an investigation into whether there was inappropriate contact between the two before Powers turned 18 last September.
    Um......I think that's a given. Enjoy your jail time, buddy!
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    Naw, I'm sure everything just all fell right into place the day they met....when she turned 18. Yeah, that's the ticket.
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