Modesto teacher and student dating
The teacher told police he had left his wife and their three daughters the previous week.A former Modesto high school teacher who recently made headlines for leaving his wife and family for a student was arrested Friday morning and charged with sexually abusing a minor, police said.He moved Powers out of her mother's house and into the apartment days later.He resigned his teaching position the same day and remains unemployed.The Modesto Bee reported that he appeared in court Friday and entered a not guilty plea.In February, Hooker resigned from his teaching post at Enochs High School and moved in with Jordan Powers, an 18-year-old student he met while working at the school.Phil" and worked with Modesto Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen on legislation that would make such student-teacher relationships a crime in California, even if the student is 18.
He is being held on ,000 bail at Stanislaus County Jail, charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor, according to police.The couple met when Powers was a freshman, but both say their relationship did not begin until months after Powers turned 18.Detectives initially began investigating Hooker after Powers' mother reported that the teacher had an inappropriate romance with her daughter.She was working to finish her classes through independent study and had been accepted to Modesto Junior College, hoping to become a nurse. Tammie Powers always believed this was a pattern, keeping the issue of predatory teachers at the forefront with the help of her nearly 7,000 Facebook subscribers.His confession to her from jail about a prior affair was devastating. Hooker called it her "personal crusade." He has said to The Bee that he knew his choices had hurt many people, among them his 17-year-old daughter, who was a popular junior at Enochs High, active in student leadership and academic competitions. The Hooker family has stayed out of the limelight, speaking only through a family friend.