James Paul Blair was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to statutory rape while he was a police officer
A teenage girl who was raped and impregnated by a police officer who worked with young people is now suing him for damages.
James Paul Blair allegedly befriended the then 13-year-old girl and her brother and then began an inappropriate relationship with her in North Carolina.
The girl, now 15, filed a federal lawsuit against Lowell Police department, its police chief and Blair who is now in prison.
She was joined in the lawsuit by her mother, Karen Vaughn, who alleges Blair committed statutory rape because the minor couldn’t legally consent to sex.
Vaughn said she first became suspicious when Blair started driving by her house and brought her daughter snacks after midnight.
Blair had acted in the past as a mentor toward the child who had shown an interest in becoming a police officer, the Gaston Gazette reported.
He would visit the girl’s home and provided her with candy and other food and took her on rides in his police cruiser.
He had sex with her when she was 13 and she discovered she was pregnant in 2016.
The woman said she pushed her daughter to talk to her and the child said she needed a pregnancy test.
Blair, as part of his duties, was a law enforcement mentor who worked with children, it is claimed.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, seeks a total of eight claims for actual relief against the three defendants along with a claim for punitive damages.
The lawsuit alleges some of those sexual encounters between the two occurred in a Lowell Police Department patrol car while Blair was on duty.
The document does not list a dollar amount, but it seeks monetary reimbursement for damages caused to the young woman and money for the care of her young child.
Neither the city of Lowell nor Bates did an adequate job of screening Blair before his hire in December 2007 and then failed to properly train and supervise him, the document states.
The lawsuit also alleges the city either knew or should have known about Blair’s illegal contact with the young girl.
Blair was eventually charged with statutory rape pleaded guilty in 2017 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
He has reportedly attempted to contact the teen mom while serving his sentence in prison.
Charlotte attorney Scott MacLatchie, who represents the city of Lowell and Chief Bates, said both the town and police chief would deny any liability for the actions of Blair.
‘From my understanding, Blair pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting this minor and that incident involved a single act of sexual intercourse that occurred off duty and did not have anything to do with his employment,’ MacLatchie said Wednesday.
Blair had been suspended without pay at the time of his September 2016 arrest on a statutory rape charge.
Charlotte attorney Paul Tharp, who represents the plaintiffs in the case, did not return a message left at this office.
Attorney MacLatchie said it could take more than a year before the case would be ready for trial in federal court.
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