Statesville man arrested for stalking, violating protection order

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office arrested a Statesville man after they said he repeatedly violated a domestic violence protection order.

James Robert Blansett Jr., 47, was taken into custody on March 10. 

According to deputies, on Feb. 22 a woman was granted a domestic violence protection order against Blansett. The two have a 3-year-old child together. 

Upon the agreement in the order, Blansett’s attorney requested that he be able to communicate with the victim about the welfare of their child. The victim agreed to this and an email account was set up through the assistance of their attorneys for this sole purpose.

On March 3, 2016, deputies said Blansett began to violate the domestic violence protection order. Instead of using the emails as a resource to check on the well-being of his daughter he began to use the email account as a tool to continually harass the victim.

The victim reminded him to use the email account only to speak about their daughter, however Blansett continued to use the emails as a way to argue with the victim. 

On March 10, 2016 the victim came into the Sheriff’s Office to file a report for the Violation of the Domestic Violence Protection Order.

Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit investigated the matter by reviewing the valid court order and the various emails that transpired between the victim and Blansett.

Blansett made remarks in the emails naming people the victim was with and places the victim had been. There were a total of over 70 emails sent to the victim that were directed towards her.

The victim told police she was afraid of Blansett and what he may physically do to her or have his friends do for him.

Based on Blansett’s conduct of violating the Domestic Violence Protection Order on many occasions, police obtained warrants on Blansett for Seven counts of Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order, Repeat Stalking, Repeat Violation of a DVPO, and Stalking with a Court Order in Place.

Blansett is being held on a $20,000 secured bond.

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