James Hooker, Modesto Teacher, Leaves Wife and Kids, Moves in with Student

Categories: Education, WTF?
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Well, at least Jordan Powers thinks so
UPDATE: Lawmaker wants to criminalize student/teacher relationships. Read the story here.

Some might say this is yet one more example of the education system failing us.

A 41-year-old Modesto teacher has reportedly dumped his wife and kids for one of his former students at Enochs High School. According to the Modesto Bee, James Hooker (could this get any worse?) quit his job at Enochs the same week he went public with his love for 18-year-old Jordan Powers, a senior who had been a student in his business class. The couple has since moved in together, angering Powers' mother -- and understandably so.

The high school sweethearts swear their not-so-young love only blossomed after Powers, who has since dropped out of school, turned 18 in September, thus making their relationship perfectly legal, albeit somewhat disturbing.

Naturally, everyone has questions about their relationship -- especially police.

Hooker confirmed to media outlets that he indeed is being investigated by Modesto police after Powers' mother found a string of text messages that were exchanged between the two lovers when Powers was still a minor.

Hooker says both mom and police can dig up whatever they want, but they won't find anything that proves he had a physical relationship with Powers.

"I think the stigma of the teacher-student relationship just makes it messy, makes it really hard for people to get through to the point that we really do like each other," he told ABC News. "We really do want to have a future together."

Here's what mom has to say about that:


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lawofattractioncommunity

thanks Both of them are AMERICANS!!! What?!!! Do you honestly think that it was the "foreigners" who first came up with the notion that a much older man should shag one of his underage students? 

lucky25279
lucky25279

I'm disgusted, with there relationship, I feel sorry for, Hooker's kids. His wife should change her last name, besides (Hooker). Feels like, Hooker, had poisoned, Powers. Jordan Power's should have listen to her mother. Now she has no friends and lost everything. If she want's a relationship, find someone in your own age. Hooker, should be in jail for life. Jordan Powers, will regret this later, she doesn't think about her future. 

Payton_vege
Payton_vege

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yeahisaidit1913
yeahisaidit1913

Update, he has been arrested for doing the same thing with a minor years ago! What you have to say about it now, all of your James Hooker supporters?! This guy is a creep and I knew it would come out sooner or later. All of you supporters like DFun and the rest of you need to join him in jail. Im sure if we searched your computers it would be full of kiddie porn..Im glad he got caught! Don't EVER underestimate the lengths a mom will go to to protect her child..even if that child thinks she is grown!!!

Pat
Pat

She is 18, and that's all that counts. How the rest of us feel might make for great discussion, but it's not about us. As for Mom, she needs to accept that Jordan is an adult and that her role as controlling mother has ended - it is no longer welcome.  Right or wrong, Mom needs be supportive of her daughter, or risk losing her. Acceptance is the best solution. 

Mother of 3
Mother of 3

He used the fact that her father died to console her and take advantage of the fact that she needed a male figure in her life, while she was still young.  He has manipulated that girl and made her think that he is the only one that can care for her.  Best of luck to her mother trying to convince her daughter that he's a scumbag.  Adults at 18 are still kids, that's why the word "teen" is still in their age.  Kids think they know everything and the parents are wrong, but I hope this girl comes around and sees it sooner, rather than later.  This jerk-off needs an ass-kickin' and some therapy.

Sto Pro Veritate
Sto Pro Veritate

You are sad. You and all the other boy/men who post here never mention the wife and children he dumped for this relationship. They are being damaged the most. This young woman is not thinking straight, and will get what she gets, but his family had no choice.When he is in his eighties and she is in her forties, wiping his old ass, she will reap what she sowed. His children will still know that he did not love them enough to be a decent father and role model. I feel sorry for any children this girl has with him, because he has already proven how much the role of father means to him. To see how the man you have a relationship with will treat you, see how he treated the woman he left you for. Never a great idea!  

ml70
ml70

This has nothing to do with foreigners and their moral...American were always hipocrits hiding things under the carpet and now you want to blame foreigners...To start with you guys were the foreigners in a land of Native and  killed them and established your morals upon theirs...You guys have been putting your dirty fingers in every country of this world that you can for greed..You are reaping what you guys sow, just that....

Northshoreoffroad
Northshoreoffroad

If I was her dad that guy would be facing me and my .45 pointing at his crotch

Daypoeken
Daypoeken

oh lady u so pretty how come u live with the old man u not see the young any one???????????/

stacie
stacie

I don't understand how in a work enviroment, dealing with two grown adults, you can't engage in any relationship where one person has more power over the other, but this situation is ok?.... just because she's 18?  He is in a position of power as a teacher at the school, let alone the fact that he was her teacher; and he abused that power by engaging in a relationship with a student!

Mother of 3
Mother of 3

This girl broke up a marriage and a family.  She has NO CLUE about life yet.  Just wait until they get married and she has kids with this pig, then he moves on to someone else.  Will she still be thinking it was a good decision and that he loved her?  I can't believe anyone out there would think that is okay.  Whether they "claim" to love each other or not, there is a family suffering because of this self-serving, controlling scumbag.  What a manipulating a-hole he is.  He preyed on the girl since she was 14 years old.  He is a pig and I hope he gets what's coming to him...

Cin
Cin

Oops, my first post should read, "In-appropriate way".  Typo.

Cin
Cin

Oh, I also wanted to point out that there are some people with big age differences that can make a relationship work, but when you have an 18 year old (I know Legal) who's not mature enough and a 40 + man starting a relationship, then it's a problem.

David Gingerich
David Gingerich

 Dating an older man isn't the issue here it's the fact that it was her teacher that is a problem.  He had almost 4 years to manipulate her into this relationship as a teacher and mentor to students.  I do think it's weird to date someone 23 years older but to each there own there.  Again I have a problem that he used his authority as a teacher to entice this relationship.

Cin
Cin

I know someday Jordan will regret her decision to play housewife with this creepy man who has no morals it seems.  It's to bad she got lost in his manipulative ways.   Even though she is legally and adult, she's not mature enough to handle adult life yet.  She needs to be with her mother who can guide her in the right way.  I really hope Jordan (after being on the Dr. Phil show) can see the light that she is not getting her adult life to a good and healthy start.  Jordan should only be thinking of a few things right now. That's finishing high school, (not on-line school) applying to colleges, and having fun with her friends, and living a normal teenage life.  Adult life will be coming soon enough, and she needs to be ready for that in the right way, not encouraged by a 40 + year old man who should know better.

I loved it when I heard Jordan's mother tell James hooker that she'll never be okay with James being with her daughter in a UN-appropriate way.  

I really feel bad for all people involved that got hurt by Jame's scheme.  Too bad Jordan doesn't have the maturity to understand that she is in the middle of a marital breakup, even when it's pointed out to her that this is so not good for her, that she still smurks and ignores what mature people are saying.  Right now Jordan is unable to feel empathy towards Jame's wife and family, and even her mother.  Her mother's spirit is crushed.  I hope Jordan can quickly recognize that the MAJORITY of the people commenting on her situation IS RIGHT. PERIOD.

MAJORITY rules in this instance.

Filmorewest1
Filmorewest1

SteveMar 13, 2012 05:31 PM

I to was 41 when i married an 18yr. old in Dec.1992 .It will soon be 20 yrs. we have a 16 yr old daughter together.My daughter watched the Dr. Phil show and was disturbed by some of the things said about James.With the chance of failure so high I'ts to bad someone could'nt offer them hope and encouragement.I think they are a beautiful couple,I wish the best for them.ReplyDelete

Shane Adams0426
Shane Adams0426

I think James Hooker is a manipulative Piece of Shit, I really hope this comes around to bite him in the ass. Because if that were my daughter he would be afraid for his life every day wondering when I am coming. and to all of you people defending him and defending this screwed up society, Joseph Stalin states "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, Its Morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these 3 areas america will collapse from within". I think the guy knew his shit because we have undermined all three of these areas!!!

jearl
jearl

Number one.....he's a teacher, she's a studentNumber two......he's marriedNumber three...he has three children.

These are the three reasons that as soon as he even felt an inkling of any attraction he should have had the forethought and the common sense to request a transfer, or anything at all that would have kept him away from her. That would have at least shown that he had some consideration for her - the student.  He put his selfish feelings of 'lust' before everything else.

When they came on the Dr. Phil show I at least expected to see some hunk of a guy.  Heck...he's not even attractive!  I guess the girl must really think she's in love! As for the age difference, well that is a minor factor when you consider the seriousness of the other factors.   That happens all the time and always well.  Have you heard that Dick VanDyke (84) just married a lady of 40.

Leah
Leah

She'll go to college and realize there are way better choices out there.

Lakenrae
Lakenrae

what about your children? arent they important? imagine how much embarrassment you are causing them!!! youre a piece of shit!!!

Lakenrae
Lakenrae

funny how she hardly says a word....

Reginia
Reginia

Wow people.  This decision is theirs to make.  They are both of age and can decide for themselves.  I believe that he was being honest about not touching her until she turned 18.  Since, you know, it's illegal and they came out on their own.  Doesn't matter how you feel, I hope whatever decision they make, she is happy.  Isn't that what counts?  With that being said, if that was my daughter, who is 18, I would be BESIDE myself with worry, but I wouldn't interfere if there were no legalities.

dlp
dlp

ok.  Time to get serious here.  The teacher/student dynamic makes this situation unethical, irregardless of whether they are still officially in those roles.  The age thing is definately problamatic and anyone who thinks they wouldn't feel the same as the mother if put in the exact same situation is deluding themselves.  Any of the male posters would probably try to beat the snot out of this guy and if they couldn't do it on their own would more than likely enlist the help of some friends.  That said, there does not seem to be any legal recourse soooooooo,You all pack down there don't you?

SneakyGuy
SneakyGuy

Let's face it. Unless a sex video surfaces that conclusively proves sex occurred prior to Powers' 18th birthday, all the police investigations and maternal forum-poundings will be an exercise in futility. Further, because Hooker left his job voluntarily, his teaching record is unblemished - allowing him to seek work elsewhere. And his former employer will be smart enough to avoid any kind of innuendo about him lest they find themselves in court facing a slander and/or libel charge.

But, having said all that, consider this.

Ms. Powers is in the driver's seat now and Hooker knows it. He'd better treat her "right" because, if he doesn't, he's got BIG problems. All it would take is for Powers to run sobbing to a police station, saying Hooker seduced her when she was still a minor, and WHAM - off to the hoosegow he goes. Powers, on the other hand, could make a lot of money on the talk-show circuit and more by agreeing to a "book deal" where she discusses her "ordeal."

The only "for certain" victim in this matter is his ex-wife and kids. And frankly, I hope she takes Hooker to the cleaners in a California divorce court. 

Student Teacher
Student Teacher

I don't think this relationship is ethical or a good idea because she was recently his student. Also, given their age difference and her young age when they started, the teacher's flirting was inappropriate.

Bilitis
Bilitis

Its very common for young girls to be drawn to older men.  They represent power, stability and protection.  It's also very common for older men to be attracted to young girls.  They represent fertility, fun and new taint.  Biology is not pretty and people get bruised.  But for Mr Hooker and his new squeeze, Mazeltov!

MC5 RAGE
MC5 RAGE

I think in the same state of California where same sex laws are recognized and gay and lesbians as well as transsexual and transgendered adults are allowed to have different types of consenting relationships, NO ONE should be judging the actions of one man and his younger girlfriend who just happens to be an adult now , thank you very much. Next thing you know, polygamy and beastiality will be allowed too :) Someday, human beings will be allowed to mate and have children with SPACE ALIENS FROM ANOTHER WORLD. So we can all thank the gays and lesbians for starting all this cultural-social-moral upheaval ok??? GOD HAVE MERCY ON JAMES HOOKER, HIS GIRLRFRIEND AND ALL THE QUEERS WHO HAVE CHANGED OUR SOCIETY ONCE AND FOR ALL. 

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Further evidence that liberals are retards.

What will be funny is in 6-8 weeks when the 18-year-old girl DUMPS him!!! Boy will he have to pick up the pieces...

Jerri
Jerri

This is not the first 18 year old that has been poursued at Enochs - it is not the first student -teacher affair at this school.  Mr. C. is derilict in his duties as principal.  It has been brought to his attention before as have the behaviors that should not take place in a classroom.  He does nothing.  He sits in his office all day calculating his test scores.

Jerri
Jerri

This is not the only pervert at Enochs. Nor is this the first 18 year old that has been pursued at Enochs. There are more that have been pursued and have had sex with their teachers.  It is ugly....Mr. C. is derilect in his duties. It has been reported to him and he has done nothing. The police have done nothing because the students are 18.  Most students don't know C. is the principal because he stays in his office all of the time counting test scores.  He never walks around....the custodian has even caught students having sex in the halls after school......but who cares as long as it can be covered up by test scores

youaskedfor it
youaskedfor it

How can anyone say this sort of thing is wrong, when homosexuals are being married and society is expected to embrace new ideas about relationships? We just need to "open our minds" and turn a blind eye. Whatever makes people "happy". After all, they are grown, consenting adults. I hope her mother is a democrat who supports gay marriage. She is now getting a nice practical dose of her own ideological medicine. Thanks liberals! Nothing is off limits now!  

Thausmann63
Thausmann63

When he has to pay alimony and child support, I doubt the lifestyle will be so appealing. Doubt that Jordan will contribute monetarily, no college education. Just seeing the reality of it. Not to mention that he will always be 22 years older than her. That's also a fact. Just lust, but that doesn't really last long term.

Brier
Brier

18 is the legal age of consent for a reason.  If you don't think that 18 should be the legal age of consent, then call your Congressperson and lobby for a change in the law.  But as it stands, someone who is 18 years old can choose who they engage in a sexual relationship with, whether they be 18 or 99.  The law is the law.

Stephhold13
Stephhold13

That dude was my drivers ed teacher.

KJF
KJF

Someone needs to tell this young girl that this guy does not care about her.  This guys didn't even think about the ramifications this would have on his own teenage daughter, who is a classmate of his new girlfriends.  This guy only cares about himself.  

Andijkelley
Andijkelley

When this creep started this suduction she was 14 I'm sure he did not start this when she was 18 don't bag on her Mom for wanting to protect her daughter and other little girls from this preditor I hope they lock him up and throw away the key I'm glad she came to her sences and dumped that creep I see an 18 year old in my 40s and i see a child not a sexual object if at over 35 you see it any different there is something seriously wrong with you.Tha

jearl
jearl

Regarding Pat's comment......it's more about what HE did than what she did.  He was her teacher for crying out loud (not to mention married with kids).  He should have left her alone and walked away, and THAT should be the end of the discussion.

Andijkelley
Andijkelley

I don't care how long you have been married there is something mentaly wrong with a 40+ year old man that see a 18 year old child as a sexual object. Tha

yeahisaidit1913
yeahisaidit1913

yeah but did you meet her in high school when you were her teacher, were you already married when you met, did you quit your job in order to make it ok to date her, did you throw your previous wife and 3 kids under the bus in order to boink her. Did you already have a daughter her age that went to school with your 18 year old girlfriend. If none of these conditions existed, THEN ITS NOT THE SAME THING!!!! Its not the age people its all the other conditions that makes this relationship one based on selfishness 

Twodoor2
Twodoor2

Yes, but in Dick VanDyke's case, he still married a mature adult, and not a teenager with a very immature mind (and I say that because I saw her on the Dr. Phil show, and she acts/talks like a kid.  So this is wrong on so many levels.  

yeahisaidit1913
yeahisaidit1913

please..he is not gonna let her go to college, because more than likely he will be the one holding the purse strings. What kind of income can she earn at 18? Y'all aint seen the half of whats gonna happen as soon as Jordan starts venturing off into the world outside of their little love bubble. And since she is an adult now, she better not ask mommy to pay for it

dlp
dlp

uh, this is a joke right??  I mean, all the queers?  There has to be a couple  of em that did absolutely nothing.

JamesGrierCO
JamesGrierCO

I support this man . And I wish him all the best . It's True Love

Darren O'Hehir
Darren O'Hehir

 I'm NOT a retard but you obviously are I think this pervert needs to be blacklisted from teaching globally.

Darren O'Hehir
Darren O'Hehir

 Fuck you I'm a liberal you pice of shit and I do not support this in the least I think this guy should be black listed from teaching globally. Homosexuals deserving the same rights as everyone is not the same as this pervert going after a girl that could be his daughter.

Dpowell2
Dpowell2

good grief, listen to yourself.  You are a wingnut

Thirdeye
Thirdeye

 She didn't think of the ramifications for his family or his daughter, either.  If he was selfish and reckless towards his family, so was she.  And don't come on with any of that "oh but she's just a child" crap.  She is old enough to take adult responsibility for her decisions.

Brier
Brier

How can you presume that he doesn't care about her just because she's much younger than him?

yeahisaidit1913
yeahisaidit1913

I agree! She wanna play grown up then she gotta take the responsibilities like a grown person would. She old enough to lay up with a married man, then she's old enough to take the consequences and be responsible for the chaos it may cause!

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