Jordan Powers, an 18-year-old California-native, made headlines across the nation after news spread that the young girl had moved in with her former high school teacher. That said high school teacher is James Hooker, 41, who left his wife and children to move into an apartment with the young woman. He quit his job after going public with his love for Powers.
Now, Jordan Powers' mother, Tammie Powers, is alleging abuse. According to ABC News, Tammie is skeptical of claims that no sexual encounters occurred while Hooker was a teacher at the school and Jordan was a minor. Exactly when the relationship became sexual is now the center of a police investigation, according to ABC.
She looked up to him, Tammie Powers said. [He was in the] position of an educator, [and you] don't seduce your student. Period. She's still in high school. She still lives at home. She has a curfew. ... That's not OK.
Jordan Powers and James Hooker claim that their relationship blossomed over time. They first met when Jordan was just a freshman at James Enochs High School. They said that their relationship began via phone calls and text messages. They attest that nothing romantic evolved until she turned 18.
[He's] my best friend. I mean, he's more than just a lover, Jordan Powers said of Hooker. Hooker has a daughter who is younger than Jordan. She was just a student, said Hooker. There was no attraction. There was nothing that was out of the ordinary, as opposed to any other student. We were very much a teacher-student role.
Tammie discovered a string of 8,000 text messages and late-night phone calls between her daughter at the 41-year-old and immediately went to the police, according to ABC News. She then went onto Facebook and posted a letter revealing that classmates took photos of Jordan sitting on Hooker's lap while she was his student. This letter went viral.
That's pursuit, in my opinion, with some type of intent, she told ABC News 10 in California.
But Jordan Powers and her teacher-lover attest that these suppositions are meaningless.
I think that they're just digging for something that wasn't there. I mean, of course, they're going to be curious, Jordan said. But I know for a fact that there was nothing.
I think the stigma of the teacher-student relationship just makes it messy, makes it really hard for people to get through to the point that we really do like each other, he added. We really do want to have a future together.