A Lowell Police Officer pleaded guilty in court Thursday to felony statutory rape of a child less than 15 years of age.
The State Bureau of Investigation arrested James Paul Blair in August 2016 on charges of rape against a minor.
Blair has been sentenced to serve 145 to 234 months in prison. He must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, according to the Gaston County Clerk of Superior Court.
Blair cannot have contact with a teenager indirectly or directly.
He will be monitored once released from prison.