James Hooker pleads no contest to misdemeanor

local@modbee.comJuly 11, 2013 

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James Hooker and Jordan Powers arrive for court on Monday morning (07-15-13) at the Stanislaus County Superior Courthouse in Modesto, Ca.

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— James Hooker, a former Modesto teacher who gained national attention last year when he left his wife for a former student, reached a settlement today in a criminal case stemming from a previous encounter.

Hooker pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge. Hooker had been charged with one count of committing oral copulation with a person younger than 18, stemming from an incident alleged to have occurred in 1998.

The plea agreement was announced as jury selection was set to get under way in the case.

Detectives began to investigate Hooker in January 2012 after Tammie Powers reported an inappropriate relationship between her 18-year-old daughter and Hooker.

Jordan Powers moved in with Hooker on the day he resigned from Modesto City Schools.

During that investigation, the detectives learned of the alleged victim from 1998. She told police she was involved in a romantic relationship with Hooker the summer after she graduated from high school.

We will have more on this story this afternoon.

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