Modesto Teen Tells Ex-Teacher Lover ‘We’re Done’
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California teen who made national news when she and her high school teacher moved in together says she has broken off the relationship following allegations that he sexually abused a student more than a decade ago.
Jordan Powers, 18, says that when her now former boyfriend, Christopher Hooker, called her from jail she told him, “We’re done.”
Hooker, 41, was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl in 1998.
After being booked on one count of oral copulation with a minor, he made a brief court appearance during which a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Powers and Hooker moved in together in February, with Powers dropping out of James Enochs High School in Modesto. Hooker also quit his teaching job there and left his wife and three children.
Hooker and Powers appeared on a number of national talk shows (including “Dr. Phil”) and maintained they didn’t have a sexual relationship until she turned 18. But police are still investigating whether there was inappropriate contact before that.
During Saturday’s televised interview, Powers said she had “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,” she said.
Meanwhile, the teen’s mother, Tammie Powers, said that after Hooker was arrested, she helped her daughter move out of the small apartment the two shared.
The mother and daughter have left for an undisclosed location out of the area, The Modesto Bee reported.
“She is safe, and I’m glad of that, and I’m elated that he’s in custody,” Tammie Powers told the newspaper.
Hooker was released from the Stanislaus County Jail after posting $50,000 bail, the newspaper reported.
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