MODESTO, CA - The same week high school teacher James Hooker quit his job, he moved into an apartment with one of his students.
Tammie Powers said her daughter, Jordan,has known Hooker since her freshman year at James Enochs High School. She said the two exchanged a flood of text messages and phone calls the day after Jordan's18th birthdayon Sept. 5.
Tammie Powers said she had also obtained evidence that the two were corresponding regularly before Jordan began her senior year andshe believes Hooker has committed a crime.
"That's pursuit, in my opinion, with some type of intent," she said.
Hooker, 41,left his wife and children to move in with his former student, making no apologies in an interview with the Modesto Bee.
With his young girlfriend by his side, Hooker explained their position to the newspaper. "We keep asking ourselves, 'Do we make everyone else happy or do we follow our hearts?'"
Tammie Powers has blasted Hooker on her Facebook page, and is determined to see that he never teaches again.
Hookeracknowledged to theBee that he is under investigation by the Modesto Police Department, but was confident he would be cleared of any allegations that he had physical contact with Jordanwhile she was a minor.
Contacted at her new apartment on Wylie Drive, Jordan declined to speak to News10, saying the couple had promised an exclusive TV interview to ABC's Good Morning America.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net