N.C. police officer pleads guilty to impregnating 14-year-old
LOWELL, N.C. - A Lowell police officer pleaded guilty Thursday after impregnating a 14-year-old girl.
James Blair will spend up to 19 years in prison for statutory rape. He will also have to wear an ankle monitor for the rest of his life as well as register as a sex offender.
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The 14-year-old's mother was in the courtroom during the plea and sentencing. She spoke out after court, but Channel 9 is not identifying her or showing her face in order to protect her daughter.
"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.
"My daughter is going through so much she's really hurt. He manipulated my daughter, he manipulated my family," she said. "My family is upside down but we're trying to pick up the pieces and trying to move on."
She is working to forgive Blair, and she's preparing to welcome the baby.
"My heart is so broken. We got this new baby coming. I'm going to love this baby," the mother said.
She believes Blair may have done the same thing to others while working with police.
"In my heart, I know there's other victims," the mother said. "Please come forth so we can put an end to all of this."