NAMPA — New details arose this week regarding a former Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections staffer charged with lewd conduct with a minor, with a new civil claim filed and the release of a previously-sealed affidavit.
Julie McCormick, 31, who once served as the Nampa facility’s safety and security supervisor, is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor. She is currently in custody at the Canyon County Jail.
A tort claim was filed by the victim’s attorney Wednesday against IDJC director Sharon Harrigfeld, IDJC Nampa superintendent Betty Grimm, the Idaho Secretary of State and the Office of the Idaho Attorney General.
The claim alleges that the victim — an unidentified 15-year-old male incarcerated in the Nampa Juvenile Detention Center’s mental health unit — suffered emotional and personal distress as a result of “statutory rape, lewd and lascivious conduct, sexual battery, neglect and other acts and omissions committed by employees of the state of Idaho.”
Another document, a probable cause affidavit filed by the Nampa Police Department, indicates Grimm reported the relationship to local law enforcement shortly after another IDJC employee discovered it.
Nampa Detective Angela Weekes wrote in the affidavit that the victim told her he had sexual intercourse with McCormick at least three times. Weekes also wrote that McCormick admitted in an interview to having an inappropriate relationship with the victim.
The affidavit alleges that the victim began a sexual relationship with McCormick July 4, 2012, and McCormick has his initials tattooed on the side of her neck.
IDJC representatives did not return phone calls Wednesday afternoon.
The tort claim filed Wednesday alleges that McCormick groomed the victim “in a manner commonly utilized by child molesters.” She would launder the victim’s clothing and bedding at home and return them heavily perfumed, the document states, gave him “love notes,” and removed letters and photos from his girlfriend from his cell.
As head of security, the claim states, McCormick had access to the entire facility and would take the victim to areas outside of camera range for sexual activity beginning summer 2012. On Aug. 8, court documents allege, another IDJC staff member walked into her office while she and the victim were dressing.
The tort document also claims that McCormick took the victim’s distinctive necklace and openly wore it in view of other inmates and staff, and openly boasted of the relationship to another male juvenile inmate.
“On information and belief, management and other employees were aware McCormick had taken juvenile inmates into her private office, breaching department protocol,” the tort claim reads. “Yet, little or no actions were taken to protect (the victim) or other children. Many of the children, including (the victim), are under psychiatric care, taking psychiatric medication and particularly vulnerable.”
The affidavit filed in Canyon County Court by Nampa Police, however, states it was Grimm, the facility’s superintendent, who reported the relationship to local law enforcement Aug. 9 — the day after another employee had caught her in her office with the victim.
Grimm told Nampa investigators McCormick had been seen with the victim on multiple occasions without any specific reason, the document states.
The victim is seeking $1.2 million in damages from those named in the tort. The criminal case against McCormick is ongoing.