July 18, 2013 8:43 AM

Judge rejects defense challenge to plea deal

A judge Wednesday rejected a defense challenge to a plea deal that requires a former Modesto teacher to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Defendant James Hooker, 43, on Monday pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of having oral sex with a 17-year-old girl 15 years ago.

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