Teen Jordan Powers breaks up with teacher boyfriend James Hooker after arrest for sexually abusing another teen
          

18-year-old Jordan Powers’ dreams of true love were smashed when her 41-year-old ex-teacher, and now ex-boyfriend, James Hooker was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting another teenager 14 years ago.

Jordan Powers and James Hooker made headlines last month when they came out about their love affair. The two met when Jordan took James’ high school business class, and although they exchanged a deluge of texts and emails, both claim that they never had sexual, or romantic involvement until Jordan turned 18. When she did, she quit school and moved in with James, who left his family (he has a daughter one year younger than Jordan) and resigned from his teaching job.

Jordan’s distraught mother Tammie Powers spoke out about the relationship, and even started a campaign to make student-teacher dating scenarios of any kind illegal. Tammie also turned in the over 8,000 text messages she found, along with emails, and late night phone call records to an investigation of James’ relationship with Jordan while she was still a minor.

Despite all the family and national drama surrounding their relationship, the couple insisted that their love affair was normal and healthy. Now, Jordan feels betrayed. She told ABCNews.com that when Hooker called her from jail, she told him “we’re done.”

He’s being held in a Modesto, CA jail, where he’s charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor. Jordan says he lied to her about how far the 1998 incident with a 17-year-old student went, and now harbors suspicions that there are other girls.

He told me that he met her online and he hung out with her just as friends and then he went to her house and she came out of the bathroom naked and he only touched her boobs and her legs. He was freaked out so he left and went home. He said nothing else happened, but all of that was a lie.

My heart dropped. I felt betrayed. I just have a gut feeling there are other girls.

How could he lie to me for all these months and look me in the eye and tell me he loves me?” she said. “I don’t know how someone could have such a cold heart.

Jordan also lamented that she lost her senior year over this guy, and all her friends, who she abandoned because they didn’t agree with her decision.

Jordan is now staying with family friends, and has yet to reconcile with her mother Tammie Powers. Even so, Tammie is relieved that James Hooker is behind bars. She told the Modesto Bee newspaper: .She is safe, and I’m glad of that, and I’m elated that he’s in custody,”

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    • Roxanne

      As someone who has been sexually abused by a teacher, this is so heartbreaking. But I’m glad there’s finally awareness about it.

    • sam

      her parents need a kick in the a*ss 2

      • Blahblahblah

        Her mother tried to stop it. They even all went on Dr. Phil together. She’s 18, there’s not much that can be done. She dropped out of school and moved out.

        • sam

          who cares if shes 18! its still her child – so i blame her mother too. And going on dr phil, really? thats how she thinks she’d get her kid back. blah!
          And as if nothing happened between them before she was 18 – complete bullsh*t. Hes a teacher with no morals.. he had a role and abused it.

    • Omar Ruiz-Diaz

      Eighteen years of age is not a “teen” anymore, in modern days.

      • Patri

        I agree with you but, he was pursing her when she was a teen and that’s wrong. I’m only 24 have 1 child a son. I’m terrified to have my son go to school. Hearing all these stories about teachers makes me sick to my stomach.

        • eliza

          You’re “terrified” for your son to go to school? That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

          • abcd

            that is normal – i have a kid starting school next year and i’d prefer to home school him than allow him to go to school with all the bullying/abuse/shootings that go on.

            • Patri

              Thank you.

    • Maze

      How could she be so blind? I feel sorry for her. What is wrong with this world?

      • Roxanne

        It’s NOT that simple. He was working on manipulating her well before she was 18! You’ve no clue how this works.

        • sam

          And where were her parents at the time?? and what kind of school system hires someone like that before a back ground check. im a teacher and before that worked in child care and we did CONSTANT back ground checks. Do they not do that in america?

    • Blahblahblah

      Why is she so surprised he had no morals? Afterall, he left his wife and kids for her and she had no problem with that! Honestly, after becoming such a media sensation, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s wanted out this whole time and now she thinks she finally has a good excuse to get away from this guy.

    • Tanya

      Her father passed away, so thats where he was. The mother did what she could. If the girl was 18, there really isnt much she can do. And you’re “terrified” to send your child to school? Really? Are you going to shelter them forever? Bullying/shootings/etc can happen anywhere!

      • abcd

        yes – i’ll protect my child as much as i can. And i make no apologies for that. clearly you have no children.

 

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