Movies like Never Been Kissed and TV series like Pretty Little Liars have showed us the lighter side of student-teacher romance. The reality is far less pleasant, but for a time 18-year-old Jordan Powers and her former teacher, 41-year-old James Hooker, were trying to make it work. That relationship ended, however, when Hooker was arrested for — big shocker — sexually assaulting another teenage girl 14 years ago.
Powers spoke to ABC News this morning about her reasons for breaking up with Hooker, pictured here in his terrifying mugshot.
He called me from jail and yes, I told him that we're done. I 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.
Hooker's most recent arrest follows new evidence from a 1998 case, in which Hooker alleges that he was propositioned by a 17-year-old girl. The way he tells it, the girl undressed of her own volition, but Hooker only touched her legs and breasts before leaving. That "sanitized" version doesn't hold up — hence Hooker's arrest for one count of oral copulation with a minor.
Powers, who insists that her sexual relationship with Hooker did not begin until she turned 18, was devastated by the news of his past indiscretion.
My heart dropped. I felt betrayed. I just have a gut feeling there are other girls.
Meanwhile, the teenager's mother, Tammie Powers, was not surprised.
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