Published March 02, 2012
MODESTO, Calif. – A California school teacher has quit his job and left his wife and kids to move into an apartment with an 18-year-old student less than half his age.
The Modesto Bee says the teen's mother, Tammie Powers, has waged a Facebook campaign against the teacher since her daughter moved out of the family's home last week and into a Modesto apartment with 41-year-old James Hooker.
Powers hopes the publicity resulting from the 'James Hooker to Jail Page' will put Hooker in legal jeopardy
Hooker quit his teaching job at Enochs High School last week and left his wife and children, one of them an Enochs student, to live with Enochs senior Jordan Powers.
Hooker first met powers when she was a freshman in high school, but maintains that their physical relationship did not begin until she was 18.
Power's mother said she has evidence that the pair had inappropriate relations long before and she believes he abused his authority as a teacher.
Modesto police are investigating whether there was inappropriate contact before the girl turned 18 last fall.
Hooker acknowledges the couple hurt a lot of people, but says they decided to follow their hearts. Jordan said she knew that many people did not understand the nature of the relationship.
"[He's] my best friend. I mean he's more than just a lover," she said.
NewsCore contributed to this report.