April 8, 2012 by The ReadyWriter
Tammie Powers, mother of Jordan Powers, 18, was determined to prove that Jordan’s teacher, James Hooker, 41, was a sexual predator. Hooker left his wife and two children after forming a relationship with Jordan, the two (pictured above), moved in together while declaring their love for each other on national television.
Although Hooker and Jordan maintains that their relationship was not of a sexual nature before she turned 18, Tammie (Jordan’s mother) knew and suspected differently and set out to prove her claim; that Hooker had preyed on other young girls in his school as well.
On Friday James Hooker was arrested in Modesto, Calif., after police discovered he had an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student in 1998. Hooker had been under investigation for his involvement with Powers, his former business class student ever since appearing with her on different television programs earlier this year professing his love for her.
Hooker was charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor and is in jail, according to a statement from Modesto police.
Powers is simply devastated telling ABC News in an exclusive interview how she felt betrayed “He called me from jail and yes, I told him that we’re done,” …”I lost everything for this guy. I lost my senior year. I gave up all my friends at high school because they didn’t agree with me.”
The teen said she believed the woman came forward now to help her see the truth about Hooker and rescue her from the relationship. Her mother, Tammie Powers, has publicly tried to end the romance from the beginning and expressed relief at Hooker’s arrest. “It’s my contention all along that he used authority and that he’s a predator,” she said.
Jordan Powers is staying with a family friend in another state while she recovers from her heartbreak.