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Jan 17, 2014 9:17 PM by Brian White

Tucson man charged with stalking 14-year-old

TUCSON - A man that is charged with stalking a 14-year-old over a period of weeks has been arrested, police said.

James Bland, 30, was charged with stalking and with failing to register as a sex offender, Tucson Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Dugan said in a release.

Police say Bland followed a 14-year-old girl to and from school near Camino Seco and East Kenyan Drive multiple times.

The first incident happened on Sept. 16 when the 14-year-old girl was walking home from high school. Police said Bland approached the girl in his car and began talking to her. Bland asked the girl if she would get in the car with him, police said, but she said no.

The next day on Sept. 17, police said the girl took a different route home but was still followed by Bland. The girl told police Bland was driving behind her very slowly. When she turned around, the driver sped past her and left the area.

On Nov. 12, the girl was walking to school in the 900 block of South Sherwood Village. The girl told police Bland approached her in the same car and tried talking to her again. A neighbor saw this and asked the girl if she needed help. The vehicle sped away.

A few days later the neighbor's husband saw the car again, followed it, noted the license plate and called police.

A followup by detectives from the Sex Offender Tracking unit determined the driver of the vehicle to be Bland.

Police say Bland failed to update his current address.

On Jan. 16, police and U.S. Marshals arrested Bland and booked him into the Pima County Jail.

Bland's stalking charge is a class 5 felony. The failure to register is a class 4 felony.

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