Teacher Leaves Family for Student: 41 Year Old James Hooker's Girlfriend is 18-Year Old Jordan Powers
A 41-year old teacher in California has dumped is wife and family for one of his teen female students.
Modesto teacher James Hooker has a 17-year old daughter and his new girlfriend, Jordan Powers, is nearly the same age as she's only 18 years old.
Powers was a high school student where Hooker once taught school, (his 17-year old daughter goes there, too) but she has now dropped out and is no longer attending classes.
He was put on administrative leave and later quit his job, so neither are now at the school.
"In making our choice, we've hurt a lot of people," Hooker told the The Modesto Bee.
"We keep asking ourselves, 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'"
Despite deserting the one family only recently, the 41-year old teacher said he was anxious to start a new family with his girlfriend.
Did he break the law?
The new pair are now promoting their relationship on TV, boasting to ABC News that they did nothing wrong as police investigate if the teacher was a predator before his new teen lover turned of legal age in California.
Her mom wants him in jail.
ABC News reports Hooker and Powers met when she was a freshman and he was her business class teacher and investigators will attempt to see when the relationship turned physical.
They say their relationship evolved over time, and only became physical after Powers turned 18 in September.
In California, it is illegal for anyone younger than 18 to have sex with an adult.
There are reports of thousands of text messages and perhaps even hotel receipts that may give an indication as to how long the two have been lovers.
School officials are furious - they have called the relationship unethical.
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