Not a Pedophile by a Long Shot

19 Apr

James Hooker’s poor judgment (he could have waited a few months until after Jordan Powers graduated) cost him his job and now he has been accused of having a sexual affair fourteen years ago with a 17 year old (this is an alleged accusation and may not be true although the details are compelling).

However, Jordan Powers is 18 and in California 18 is the age of consent (the average age of consent in most states in the US is 16). Regardless of opinions that she is still a child, she hasn’t been a child since probably the age of 13, and her mother doesn’t have to like her daughter’s choices of who to love, but she should drop the pedophile accusations. A 41 year old man having an affair with an 18 year old is not being a pedophile. The definition for pedophile is: The act of fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children. Powers stopped being a biological child four to six year ago and I’m sure she has a mind of her own regardless of her judgement falling in love with a man more than twice her age.

I taught middle and high school for most of thirty years, and believe me, once a young girl becomes an adolescent capable of being pregnant, most are not the so-called innocent child we want to believe in.


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves


Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).

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MODESTO, CALIF: According to Yahoo News,  18 year old Jordan Powers is stupid enough to have actually taken James Hooker back as her boyfriend even though he was arrested for oral copulation of a minor from back in the 90’s.,

Yahoo notes that the two have moved back in together despite the wishes of her mother Tammie Powers, whom I might add is knowingly soaking up the attention she’s received on Facebook.

I don’t condone this kinds of relationships, but this mum just irks me. She’s loving every bit of attention she’s getting.

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3 responses to “Not a Pedophile by a Long Shot

  1. Lloyd Lofthouse

    April 20, 2012 at 11:34

    Update – California lawmakers rejected a bill that would have made it a felony for teachers to date their students even if they are over 18 years old.

    The explanation given was that one segment of the population should not suffer for the behavior of one 41 year old man by the name of James Hooker. There are several hundred thousand teachers in California and only a few may end up dating students that are 18 or older and most of the teachers that would date an 18 or 19 year old would probably be in his or her twenties.

    For sure, it is very rare that a teacher age 41 would be dating an 18 year old. Possible yes, but rare.

    Some are calling Hooker a predator. If he was seventeen and was having intimate relationships with a dozen girls under the age of 18, he would be called a “player” but when an older man such as Hooker has a relationship with one woman that is 18, he is called a predator by many. This is also wrong.

    In fact, if the alleged affair he has been accused of having with a 17 year old (shy of turning 18 by four weeks or months) fourteen years ago when Hooker was 27 was true, then he had two affairs (sort of since he did not have sex with his accuser) fourteen years apart–that does not make him a predator or player.

    In addition, it is already a felony to date and have an intimate sexual relationship with a student under the age of 18 and in California age 18 is supposed to be the age of consent.

    If Hooker is guilty of anything, it is bad judgment. If he had waited a few more months until June when Jordan Powers graduated from high school, he would still have his job. After hearing what Jordan’s mother has said and done since her daughter moved in with a man more than twice her age, I suspect it was Jordan’s idea so she could escape a mother that was too controlling and it would be almost impossible to find a high school boy or a young man closer to her age that could afford to support her so she wouldn’t’ have to move back home under the controlling umbrella it appears her mother spreads so her daughter cannot mature and make her own decision. As I see it, Jordan’s choice of lovers is a rebellion against her mother to escape.

    It would be interesting to know if Hooker wanted to wait until after graduation–the couple only had to wait about four months. Jeeze.

  2. Dorothea

    July 14, 2014 at 07:35

    Ha, Ha, Ha

    I’m old now but when I was young, I had a crush on an older man when I was nineteen and I didn’t care what anyone in my family or my friends thought. And most men are easy at any age to seduce if a woman sets her mind to get him—especially if the woman is young and the man is older by a decade or more. Just because a man gets old doesn’t mean he stops wanting a woman and young women are almost impossible to resit. I know.

  3. Felicia Cain

    April 12, 2015 at 06:23

    He was messing with Jordan before 18 so he most certainly is a pedo. He met her at 14-15 and was having a relationship then as well. He was taking advantage of his teaching position to satisfy his own creepo needs.


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