MODESTO (CBS / AP) — A Central Valley school teacher has quit his job and left his wife and kids to move into an apartment with an 18-year-old student less than half his age.

The Modesto Bee said the teen’s mother has waged a Facebook campaign since her daughter moved out of the family’s home last week and into a Modesto apartment with 41-year-old James Hooker.

Hooker quit his teaching job at Enochs High School last week and left his wife and children, one of them an Enochs student, to live with Enochs senior Jordan Powers.

Modesto police are investigating whether there was inappropriate contact before the girl turned 18 last fall.

Hooker acknowledges the couple hurt a lot of people, but said they decided to follow their hearts.

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Comments (22)
  1. Sammy says:

    Man, is HE a fool! She is too, but she’ll survive it. And she’s young, so at least she has an excuse.

  2. JB says:

    I can’t imagine what this guy’s 17 year-old daughter is going through. She attends the same school. A real piece of work, this selfish idiot.

  3. AmericanConscious says:

    They should not have followed their hearts. They should have both gone through the remainder of their lives wondering what woulda, coulda, shoulda been!

  4. An eye 4 an eye says:

    No doubt this old piece of s hit SOB took advantage of her before she was even 18. Her father should beat the living hell out of him. Where is he?

    1. arell says:

      He is dead. Which might explain why she is drawn to this older man.

  5. Larry says:

    Legally she is 18 and you can’t do nothing about it. But these affairs never make it cause of the age difference, they fall apart. If he did have an affair with her when she was under age, her parents will have to investigate and see if they can bring charges on him.

  6. b says:

    I’m wondering how he is planning on making a living now that no school in the country is willing to hire this loser.

  7. TooMuchHatorade says:

    “Ooo… a guy with a girl who’s young! Is that really new? Why are people so surprised? It’s in animal nature to be attracted to younger things because they’re more likely to be successful in raising young. (Although many claim it has to do with the person being who they are and nothing about their physical — they just happened to be who they are…). And don’t tell me that “we’re not animals!” and “we’re conscious, it’s different, we choose!”. No, that’s stupid, it’s gonna happen; sure it’s not the best thing but it’s gonna happen irregardless. People pick on other people to make up for the fact that when you pick on yourself “at least it’s not as bad as that”. Get a life.

  8. Terry Marquardt says:

    I don’t blame the guy because did you see what his ex-wife looked like? Man, if my old lady lets herself go like his, I would be after younger tail in a heartbeat. You go man….

  9. mensrights subreddit says:

    imagine if the roles were reversed….”41-year old woman leaves flabby/ugly husband for a handsome 18 year old”. Think about how you feel. It doesn’t sound as bad, right? That’s a result the mental conditioning you’ve been fed by so called ‘feminists’ who believe that the best way to end gender discrimination is by discriminating against men. If any females want to truly educate themselves, they should google my name.


  10. jailallpedifilesnow says:

    This prediter pedifile has already admitted his guilt, he has stated that he was seeing her and viewing her as a sexual partner before she was 18 but they(should be he waited)until the day after she turned 18 he had this all planned in advance and should be in jail where he belongs, just because she is 18 now does not excuse him for breaking the law before she was 18. The talk shows are really desperate for ANY THING to talk about to bring this to light now Letourneau did jail time.

  11. tn says:

    Wondering if a pre-nupt was signed…

  12. SingleDonald says:

    It is deplorable, but only because he left his wife & kids! I see nothing wrong with an unmarried teacher going out with a student AFTER she graduates & is 18. I believe that is the case, here on Long Island. I would consider it a matter of Civil & Constitutional Rights, that they be permitted to see each other, without culpability, both legal and employment wise. He should have waited for her to graduate, before going out with her.

  13. Camper says:

    Hugh Hefner has been doing this (and making money off of it) for decades.

  14. Evangelist says:

    Real sick. What happens when she gets tired of him and wants to get with a man her own age. How painful for the mans family and hers as well.

  15. Victoria Huber says:

    The concept of an older men wanting to be with much younger female has been around a long time…..I feel badly for his wife and children. How long will this romance last? He has to divorce and settle with wife, set up visitation agreements with children etc….. Does this 18 year old female understand the newfound poverty she is getting herself into? She has moved away from her parents, I doubt an “ex-teacher” has much money to support her….I guess they will have to live on love. It has always worked for me.

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