A former North Carolina police officer who is serving time behind bars for statutory rape after impregnating a young teen is now adding insult to injury and has attempted to contact his victim, violating the restrictions set up by his plea agreement, authorities say.
According to the Gaston Gazette, James “Paul” Blair, 52, who is serving out a 12-year prison sentence, sent a letter to a family member in an attempt to get the message to the teen.
The victim’s mother, Karen Vaughn, told the news site that her daughter became sickened by these attempts at contact and had to be hospitalized.
“I have begged and I have asked for them to stop and they never stopped,” Vaughn said. “I called the prison several times and said there’s letters getting out. ... Every time I try to push this back out of my mind, he just continuously does this. This child is [now] 15 years old. This has made her sick.”
District Attorney Locke Bell confirmed that corrections officials have told him a similar account, but it will be up to them to decide how the violation could impact Blair’s sentence. The Gazette notes that the maximum term on his plea agreement is nearly 20 years.
“I was amazed that he was stupid enough to do it,” Bell said.
Department of Public Safety officials declined to go into detail but said that the violation was a class B offense. But even before his conviction, Vaughn had claimed that Blair had attempted to contact her daughter while in jail.
Blair, a former officer with the Lowell, N.C., Police Department, was actually meant to be a mentor to the girl, who did have some troubles, but ended up abusing the child’s trust and taking advantage of her.
He took his sick ploy a step further in his repeated attempts to contact the already distressed teen.
“It makes me want to kill him,” the outraged mother said. “Whatever with jail. Jail doesn’t mean anything. The man is still doing it. Apparently he’s getting by with everything.”
Read more at the Gaston Gazette.