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19 January 2019
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Officer Blair Gets 19 Years for “Mentoring” 14-Year-Old

March 13, 2017 (Fault Lines) — In a case involving a flagrant abuse of authority and position, a Lowell police officer has pled out to one count of statutory rape of a child, for which he will serve up to 19 years in a North Carolina state prison and register as a sex offender for the rest of his natural life. What makes this case all the worse are the circumstances, and the imbalance of power and influence, involving the child and this predatory (former?) officer.

Officer James Blair had the initiative to approach the girl’s mother and request that he be allowed to mentor her children. In the end, the 14-year-old became pregnant with Blair’s baby, with Blair subsequently pleading with the girl and her mom that the child be allowed to have an abortion. The victim’s pregnancy is not an element of the crime Blair was charged with, but it’s obvious that this was a cowardly last-ditch attempt at saving his own neck, everyone else be damned.

WSCOTV.com reports on this sad tale of manipulation, in which after the officer was collared and placed under suicide watch (feeling guilty ‘bout something, Blair?) in the county jail, he had the cojones to keep contacting his minor victim:

“I’m happy with what happened in there, because he kept contacting my daughter through jail,” the mother said.

She said it has been a tough year for her family after she told Channel 9 that Blair volunteered to mentor her daughter, but eventually she learned he’d had inappropriate contact with her daughter in his police car and at his home.

She said Blair volunteered to mentor her children. She said she was reluctant at first, but then agreed to it because he was a police officer.

Blair and the woman’s daughter had been texting on her phone, the mother said.

She said she then discovered text messages indicating that he took advantage of her daughter.

So much for the standard “no contact with the purported victim” order while charges are pending, no? Didn’t Blair learn while being a predator in an officer’s uniform serving over the years that jailhouse phone conversations are recorded by the state?

While it’s not clear why the child needed mentoring in the first place – the article notes that she was a one-time runaway – what’s crystal clear is that Blair was successful in convincing the mother to let her guard down and give him access to her children. After that, he confessed to the mother that he took the kid’s virginity and got her pregnant.

While pleading with the teen to keep matters quiet by having an abortion, this sicko sent her creepy text messages, one of which suggested that she name the baby after him:

“If you keep that baby, I’m done and you know it,” one of Blair’s texts to the teen — discovered by her startled mother — stated with somewhat ominously threatening overtones.

“Do whatever you wanna do, just remember I love you and name it after me,” read another.


“He told me he took her virginity. He told me it was his baby,” she said. “He told me things happened and he said he was sorry. And he kept saying, ‘Please forgive him.’”

With officers like Blair on the force, rest assured that law enforcement will be (re)gaining the constituency’s trust over time. But in all seriousness, this is one of those cases that brings out one’s lizard brain, in spades. The sort of defendant that makes one want to throw the lifetime sex-offender registry book at him.

Blair used his status as a police officer, with a gun and badge to back it up, to make his way into the home of this teen, gain her mother’s trust and exploit and abuse them for his own gain. He sunk to the lowest depths of chicanery and beggary when it came to his pathetic attempt at a cover-up at someone else’s expense, and save for his guilty plea before the judge, he never “manned up” and faced the music.

His victim stood no real chance in denying his advances. Blair was a police officer, her mentor, and much older than she. She was a confused, naïve 14-year-old child. It was a non-contest when it came to a battle of wills between the two.

There’s a chance he won’t serve the 19-year sentence in full, but here’s hoping that whatever he serves is enough to deter him and, most importantly, other officers from engaging in such conduct in the future. Blair’s actions in this case are how officers can earn the public trust, in bizarro world.

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