MODESTO, CA - A former Modesto high school teacher who already made headlines for leaving his family to live with a former student was arrested Friday in a separate case.
James Hooker was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on one count of oral sex with a minor, said Modesto police Lt. Rick Armendariz. The alleged crime took place in 1998 when Hooker taught at Davis High School and involved a 17-year-old student.
The alleged incident came to light, Armendariz said, in the course of the investigation into Hooker's relationship with former Enoch High School student Jamie Powers. The two maintain their relationship didn't become sexual until after Powers turned 18. Hooker taught Powers at Enoch High.
In court Friday, Hooker pleaded not guilty to the sex charge and requested a public defender. His next court hearing was set for April 10.