Teen files $1.2M tort claim in juvenile jail case

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by Scott Evans

NWCN.com

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:23 PM

BOISE -- A 15-year-old juvenile correction inmate is behind a tort claim against the state of Idaho and the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. The teen claims the state failed to protect him while he was in its custody at the Nampa Juvenile Corrections facility.

The case surrounds that 15-year-old and a former security worker at the Idaho Juvenile Corrections Center in Nampa. That worker is 31-year-old Julie McCormick, currently in jail accused of having sex with the teen three times. Now the boy is going after the state for damages.

Earlier this month police arrested Julie McCormick and charged her with lewd conduct with a minor under 16. While her criminal case plays out in the court, Bruce Skaug is the attorney representing the alleged victim. He filed the tort claim Wednesday on his behalf.

"The claim is, my client, a 15-year-old boy who was incarcerated and in a mental health unit, was physically and sexually abused at the facility," said Skaug.

The claim says the 15-year-old, referred to as John Doe, was a victim of statutory rape, sexual battery, neglect and other acts and omissions committed by employees of the state of Idaho.

A portion of the claim says "McCormick, head of security, groomed the incarcerated Doe in a manner commonly utilized by child molesters."

The claim also says McCormick would take the teen to areas of the facility, including her office, that were outside the view of security cameras to engage in sexual activity.

But that's not all, Skaug says there's more to what's going on at the Nampa Juvenile Corrections Center.

"On information and belief, we believe that there are other victims of similar crimes at the facility and we do hope they will come forward to the police," said Skaug.

Now Skaug and his client are going after the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections for not keeping the teen safe. They're seeking $1.2 million in damages.

"Other people in the facility should have noticed, and I believe no action was taken until far too late," said Skaug.

Earlier today we reached out to the Department of Juvenile Corrections for comment on this claim, but we have not heard back.

The Idaho Department of Administration's Risk Management Division will investigate the claim and determine the state's response.

Skaug says the actual complaint will be filed when McCormick's criminal case is complete. Again, this tort claim is separate from Julie McCormick's criminal case.

McCormick is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 20 for a preliminary hearing.

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