Michelle Miller's hand quivered Wednesday as she tightly held a written statement and explained how at 17 years old she became involved in a sexual relationship with a Modesto high school teacher 11 years her senior.
She met James Hooker at a Future Business Leaders of America conference. He was then a business teacher at Davis High; she was a senior at cross-town Beyer High.
"There were no warning signs I could see," Miller said while reading her victim impact statement in a Stanislaus County courtroom. "James Hooker didn't act like a predator."
She said she suffered from depression, had lost contact with her friends and her boyfriend had moved two hours away for a job. Miller said she was vulnerable, and Hooker took advantage of that vulnerability.
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"The person responsible is James Hooker," Miller said.
Hooker was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest earlier this week to a misdemeanor charge of having oral sex with Miller 15 years ago. The defendant sat quietly in the courtroom as Miller read her statement.
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