Saturday, April 7, 2012

James Hooker arrested after 'sexually abusing student 10 years ago'

A former teacher who left his job and family to move in with an 18-year-old student has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a different student more than a decade ago.

Christopher James Hooker, 41, was arrested for oral copulation with a minor he taught at a California school in the 1990s, years before he struck his relationship with current girlfriend Jordan Powers.

Police said the case stems from a 1998 relationship he had with a 17-year-old student from Davis High School in Modesto.

Hooker was arrested at his home on Friday and booked into Stanislaus County Jail.

He appeared in court where a judge set his bail at $50,000 and assigned him a public defender, according to the Modesto Bee.

Hooker requested that his bail amount be reduced, and the judge set a hearing next Tuesday to consider the matter. Read More