Fawning over his young lover, James Hooker quickly shot to international attention with his countless television interviews with his former student, Jordan Powers, just 18.
He declared their love for one another, and quit his job and the couple moved in together. But the resulting media firestorm lead an alleged victim from the 1980′s to come forward, and, as a result, he was arrested.
Following a very public break-up last month after his arrest, Powers was back by his side today as Hooker made a brief court appearance for his pretrial hearing on a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Powers held her former teacher’s hand in the Modesto courtroom, showing the world that she is very much standing by her man.
After appearing for less than a minute at the Stanislaus County Superior Court, Judge Thomas Zeff scheduled Hooker to return on June 12. He was allowed to leave on $50,000 bail.
The case stems from a 1998 relationship he had with a 17-year-old student from Davis High School in Modesto.