Vanessa Jean Hooker

The Californian

A former junior high teacher pleaded no contest Monday to two felony sex charges involving former students.

Vanessa Jean Hooker, 34, faces a year in jail, three years’ probation, counseling and lifetime sex offender registration, prosecutor John Allen said. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Three other felony charges were dismissed under the plea deal.

Hooker admitted following her Dec. 18 arrest to engaging in sex acts with a former student and described the anatomy of that student and another in text messages, according to court filings. The sexual encounter occurred in her classroom at Beardsley Junior High before school began after she texted the boy to meet her there to lend her a sports jersey.

Investigators said in court filings that numerous text messages showed Hooker pursued three former students, two who were 16 years old and one who was 14 years of age at the time.

Authorities began looking into the case Dec. 15 after the mother of one of the alleged victims reported to school officials that she had found "extremely inappropriate and sexual" text messages sent from Hooker to her son.

In the messages, Hooker described the anatomy of the victims, the court filings say, and said she was unhappy with her husband.

Hooker is free on bail and has been ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victims or with anyone under the age of 18, with the exception of her own children. 

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