James Blair, 51, of the Lowell Police Department in North Carolina impregnated a 14-year-old girl in 2016. Blair then tried to convince the girl to have an abortion.
But the girl’s mother does not believe in abortion, so they are welcoming the new addition to the family.
Blair, however, will serve at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony statutory rape Thursday. To make matters worse, Blair was a middle school resource officer in addition to being a full-time cop.
He met the girl when she was eight. PINAC first reported on this case in September 2016.
The now-fired Blair had sex with the 14-year-old girl in his police car and at his home throughout 2016 up until August.
Blair met the girl after she had run away from home and he volunteered to mentor her. Instead, he used his position and influence to take sexual advantage of the troubled girl.
Blair even took the victim on trips. State police arrested Blair in August 2016 after the victim’s mother saw incriminating text messages between Blair and the victim.
“If you keep that baby, I’m done and you know it,”
says Blair in a text message to the victim.
“Do whatever you wanna do, just remember I love you and name it after me.”
The victim’s mother reported him to police, leading to his arrest.
While state police were at the victim’s house investigating, Blair just happened to drive up for a surprise visit.
But the surprise was on Blair because authorities arrested him on the spot.
Blair remained incarcerated for seven months before he pleaded guilty.
He tried contacting the victim several times while he was locked up, but his collect calls from the county jail were rejected.
The victim girls mother had this to say:
“My daughter is going through so much she’s really hurt. He manipulated my daughter, he manipulated my family. My family is upside down but we’re trying to pick up the pieces and trying to move on. My heart is so broken. We got this new baby coming. I’m going to love this baby.
The victim’s mother doesn’t believe that abortion is the answer. After Blair is released from prison, he will be on life long probation and will have to register as a sex offender. It is not clear if the city of Lowell will settle any legal action with the victim.