Lowell Cop Convicted of Raping and Impregnated Teen Girl Faces New Civil Suit
CHARLOTTE, NC -A Lowell police officer convicted of raping a teen girl and getting her pregnant is now being sued by the girl and her family. They allege that the city of Lowell and the police department knew about the officer’s history of sex assault and hired him anyway.
James Blair is in prison for at least the next 10 years after pleading guilty in 2017 to raping a girl who’s case he was assigned to cover. She was 14 when she gave birth to his child.
“The officer in this case has had a long and well known history of relationships with other women that are underage,” said Brad Smith.
He represents the victim and her mother. Smith filed a civil suit in federal court this week alleging the city of Lowell and the police chief, Scott Bates, knew about previous allegations of sexual assault against a minor before hiring Blair.
“We will show that the City of Lowell knew about this and that everything that has happened to this minor could have been avoided,” said Smith.
Smith says the accusations against Blair didn’t stop the department from assigning him to cases involving young girls . Smith says several lives have been permanently affected by the city’s negligence.
“It’s probably pretty evident that having a child at such a young age probably isn’t the easiest thing in the world,” said Smith.
According to the lawsuit, Smith believes Blair repeatedly raped the teen victim while on duty, wearing his uniform, and in his patrol car.
“Was this an isolated circumstance? No.” said Smith.
WCCB reached out to the Lowell police department and the attorney for the City of Lowell for comment. We have not yet heard back.