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Former Modesto teacher James Hooker back in court

5:39 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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Jordan Powers and James Hooker

MODESTO, CA - The Modesto teacher who made national news by leaving his family and job for a relationship with a former student, returned to a Modesto court Tuesday morning.

At the side of James Hooker was Jordan Powers, the former student who insisted her serious relationship with the 42-year-old Hooker began only after she was 18.

Hooker is charged, not with anything related to the Powers situation.

It was during it's investigation of Hooker that police said another former student accused Hooker of sexual misconduct back in 1998, that alleged victim was 17 at the time.

Tuesday's court appearance was very quick after his attorney said she needed more time to sort through the evidence provided by the prosecution. 

Hooker returns to court July 17.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net

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