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California teacher quits job, moves in with student

Thursday, March 01, 2012

A 41-year-old high school teacher in Modesto, California has quit his job so he could move in with a student.

James Hooker has known 18-year-old Jordan Powers since she was a freshman. He says he and Powers are just following their hearts.

The teen's mother, Tammy Powers, believes that even though her daughter turned 18 in September, Hooker broke the law by pursuing her when she was 17.

Tammy Powers explains, "James Hooker has been texting Jordan over the summer. I do have concrete proof of that. There were text messages back and forth  as a minor. On the first day of school there was a phone call. I do have proof of that. That's pursuit in my opinion."

The mother also says while she was away last week, Hooker came into her home and moved her daughter's things out.

The pair says they will talk to reporters soon.

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