Is it so wrong that this 18-year-old moved in with her former teacher?
Looking at James Hooker and Jordan Powers together you get the impression that they're just two normal people in love, albeit the age difference. He is 41. She is 18. He used to be her teacher in the Modesto high school where he taught for over 15 years. They fell in love, and once she turned 18 last september, they say they became romantically involved. This week, after he resigned his job and left his own family, they moved in together.
So what's so wrong with that? Nothing really, except that Powers' mother is crying bloody murder because she claims the relationship started way before her daughter turned 18 and that Hooker was in pursuit of her "...with some kind of intent" as evident from the 8,000 text messages, late-night calls and emails that she discovered between the two.
It is illegal for an adult to have sex with anyone younger than 18 in the state of California and so the police has launched an investigation to uncover whether or not the physical relationship between Hooker and Powers started when she was a minor. Hooker has said he is confident he'll be cleared because the police won't be able to find evidence of something that simply didn't happen. But the 18-year-old's mother, Tammie Powers, is not staying quiet. She has been very public on Facebook about her beliefs and has gone as far as calling Hooker a "sick child molester," according to The Huffington Post.
Hooker was definitely in a position of power as an educator whose students looked up to, but did he really take advantage of that when he started pursuing Powers, like her mother says? Or is this simply the case of two people who fell in love with each other and decided to follow their hearts even though they knew there would be a whole lot of wrath directed at them?
If the investigation finds that Hooker was indeed having a relationship with a minor, does this become a completely different story? Well, for starters, he can be prosecuted for his crime, but I don't think that would change the feelings they both claim they have for each other.
As a mother, I really feel for Tammie Powers. I don't know what I'd do if my daughter was in that situation. Whether the police investigation finds wrongdoing or not, I don't know how she'll evr be able to have relationship with her daughter again.
What do you think? Is it wrong for these two people to be togehter? What if this happened with your daughter?
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