September 1, 2014
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - A California high school teacher who left his wife for a former student has been ordered to register as a sex offender in a criminal case stemming from an alleged encounter with another teen.
James Hooker was sentenced on Wednesday in Stanislaus County after pleading no contest earlier this week to a misdemeanor charge of having oral sex with a 17-year-old girl in 1998. In addition to registering as a sex offender, he was ordered to serve four years of probation.
His alleged victim, now 32, told the court that Hooker took advantage of her at a time when she was suffering from depression.
Hooker made national headlines earlier this year when he left his wife and job as a high school teacher in Modesto to move in with his now 19-year-old former student, Jordan Powers.
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