CANYON COUNTY — Julie McCormick, a former Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections staffer charged with lewd conduct with a minor, pleaded not guilty Friday morning before Judge Gregory Culet.

In addition, Culet lowered her bond from $200,000 to $75,000, on the condition that she wear a GPS device and stay within an area to be determined by pre-trial release services.

McCormick, 31, is suspected of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male inmate at IDJC’s facility in Nampa. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison, a $50,000 fine and a $5,000 civil penalty, and must register as a sex offender.

If she posts bond, Culet ruled, she must have no contact with the victim, his family or any other juveniles.

Among the concerns for pre-trial release was McCormick’s living situation. She’d been living with her parents in Oregon prior to her arrest, and planned to return to their home while awaiting trial.

Her attorney argued she has no prior criminal history and is not a flight risk, and her father — a Baker City police officer — kept Nampa detectives up to date on her whereabouts during the investigation.

But if pre-trial service officers require her to stay in Idaho, her family owns a home in Nampa where she can stay with her mother.

Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin argued against lowering the bond. According to the charges, she pointed out, McCormick is suspected of engaging in a pattern of deception and secrecy — and that means she may remain a danger to the community. And allowing McCormick to return to Oregon, Kallin said, will make it too difficult for local authorities to properly supervise her.

McCormick will next appear before Judge Bradly Ford Feb. 25 for a pre-trial conference. Her jury trial will begin March 12.

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