Lowell, North Carolina — A Lowell Police Officer faces charges related to a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl who is now reportedly pregnant with his child.
James Paul Blair was brought before a Gaston County magistrate around 2 p.m. Thursday. Blair was charged with one count of statutory rape. He was booked into Gaston County Jail under a $1 million bond.
A local woman says that Blair, who was also a family friend, impregnated her 14-year-old daughter.
The Lowell police officer acted as a mentor for the girl a few years before the her mother realized something was wrong in the relationship, the woman said.
The girl’s mother said she, and her family, are devastated.
According to the girl’s mother, one text message in her mobile phone read: “If you keep that baby I’m done and you know it,” one text message said.
“My family has just been torn up. We have been to a stage of devastation,” The mother added.
Blair confessed the relations to the mother, telling her that he took her virginity and confirming that the baby is his.
He said the acts occurred at his home and in his patrol car.
He is at least temporarily unemployed and the investigation is ongoing.