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Teen dumps teacher Christopher Hooker after his arrest on sex abuse charges

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(CBS/AP) MODESTO, Calif. - A former Modesto high school teacher who allegedly left his wife and family for a student, appeared in court Tuesday.

Christopher James Hooker, 41 was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in 1998 when he taught at Davis High School in Modesto.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hooker resigned from his teaching job at Enochs High School in February and moved in with 18-year-old student Jordan Powers, whom he met working at the school.

Police discovered the alleged victim while investigating Hooker's relationship with Powers.

CBS San Francisco reports that Hooker went before a judge for the first time Tuesday morning and was told to come back to court at 1:30 p.m. to surrender his passport after prosecutors said they had a notebook that detailed Hooker's plan to leave the country and go to Canada with Powers.

Powers now says her relationship with Hooker is over.

The two appeared on a number of national talk shows and maintained they didn't have a sexual relationship until Powers turned 18. But police are still investigating whether there was inappropriate contact before that.

"I'm elated," Power's mother, Tammie, said. "This has been my contention all along, that James Hooker is a predator. He abused his position of authority and I contended that from day one."

Hooker was released from the Stanislaus County Jail after posting $50,000 bail, the Modesto Bee reported.

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