PROUD PARENTS: IN THE NEWS
If it smells like a creep, looks like a creep and talks like a creep.. it’s probably a creep! Check out this 41 year old grease-ball/deadbeat/pedophile/teacher justify his relationship with his, freshly turned 18, student. Oh by the way, his 17 year old daughter attends the same school this whole scandal took place at. Video story above, continue reading for the full news article and let us know what you think about this loser in the comments!
Story Courtesy: DailyMail UK
The former high school teacher who quit his job and left his family to move in with a student 23 years his junior has been branded a sexual predator by a therapist who interviewed the controversial couple.
James Hooker, 41, and Jordan Powers, 18, made their relationship public last week as it was revealed the pair were moving in together after meeting when Hooker was Jordan’s business teacher at James Enochs High School in Modesto, California.
A therapist told ABC that the couple are experiencing a common syndrome called ‘shared paranoia’ where they think the whole world is against them.
Bethany Marshall said: ‘James is pathologically immature. And this is what we see with teachers who have inappropriate relationships with their students. They imagine themselves to be age mates or peers with the students.
‘Like most sex predators, he is identified age-wise with the victim. This is what you see with pedophilia, with offending patterns, with teachers who have sex with students.
‘They always talk about the student as if they and the student are the exact same age. James does what sex offenders often do. He disavows culpability while doing the same actions he’s saying he’s not responsible for.’
The couple insist that nothing inappropriate took place before Jordan turned 18 and a police investigation is currently underway to discern whether or not this is the case.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s mother has waged a public campaign on Facebook alleging Hooker actively pursued her daughter when she was underage and said his actions are tantamount to abuse.
Hooker’s wife and children – including a 17-year-old who goes to the same school the couple met – are now trying to move on with their lives in the wake of the scandal.
When Ms Marshall asked Hooker how he felt about abandoning his family, he accused her of being judgemental saying: ‘Love will overcome everything. I love my children. I love Jordan. I think that you’re making … judgment calls. And I think that we’ll prove you wrong.’
Both insist their love for each other is real and their relationship will succeed. Ms Marshall told ABC that though it will likely last for a while, eventually one of them will realise the reality of what they are doing.
‘They’re both dropouts at this point. She’s a dropout from school and he’s a dropout from society. We used to have a diagnosis … called shared paranoia,’ she told the news channel. ‘And that’s when one person makes another person believe that the world is against them.
‘When you make another person believe that the world is against both of you, you create a very powerful bond. This is what we see in cults. And this is what he’s created with her.’
Jordan’s mother Tammie Powers is blaming Hooker for pursuing her daughter and taking advantage of her.
She claims her daughter’s grades fell this year and she started to have panic attacks ‘from the stress’.
She told The Bee: ‘I was really, really careful. I wanted her to be safe. In hindsight, in retrospect, I should have looked at things differently.
‘She looked up to him. He was in the position of an educator, you don’t abuse your student. Period.
‘She’s still in high school. She still lives at home. She has a curfew. That’s not OK.’
Publically naming and shaming Hooker on her Facebook page, Tammie Powers believes Hooker is just like a pedophile and should spent the rest of his life behind bars.
Jordan has now stopped attending classes at the school and is doing independent study.
She insists that they did nothing wrong until she became an adult and that feelings gradually developed.
Mrs Powers does not believe these claims. She discovered up to 8,000 text messages exchanged between them, emails and late night phone calls.
She has now even started a Facebook campaign against Hooker, calling him a ‘sicko’ and a ‘pervert’
Mr Hooker said, though he is being investigated, he is confident that he will be cleared of any inappropriate behaviour, but said he can see why people would be alarmed.
He told ABC: ‘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.
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