Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On February 22nd 2016 a female was granted a Domestic Violence Protection Order against James Robert Blansett, age 47, of 160 Denny Rd, Statesville. The victim and Blansett have a three year old child in common.
Upon the agreement in the Domestic Violence Protection Order, Blansett’s Attorney requested that he be able to communicate with the victim about the welfare of their child. The victim did agree to this and an email account was set up through the assistance of their attorneys for this sole purpose.
On March 3rd 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 those 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 stated that she is 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 (DVPO) on many occasions, Det. Harwell combined the offenses by various related time periods.
Det. Harwell confirmed Blansett’s prior convictions for Felony Stalking which made him eligible for Repeat Stalking. Harwell also confirmed his convictions for the two Domestic Violence Protection Order violations which made him eligible for the charge of Repeat Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
Due to Blansett’s recent conduct with the current Court Order in Place, he also met the requirements of stalking with a Court Order in Place.
Det. Harwell obtained warrants on Blansett for Seven counts of Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order, Repeat Stalking, Repeat Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order, and Stalking with a Court Order in Place.
Blansett was taken into custody by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on March 10th 2016 with a subsequent appearance before a judge on March 11th 2016 where he received a bond of $20,000.00 secured.