Sexual abuse victim plans to sue Department of Juvenile Corrections

CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) - A teen who was the victim of sexual abuse while in custody at the Juvenile Corrections Center in Nampa has taken steps to sue, claiming that supervisors didn't do enough to protect him.

31-year-old Julie McCormick is currently serving 5-20 years in prison after pleading guilty to lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16 earlier this year. According to court documents, lawyers claim McCormick had sex with the teen on multiple occasions.

This all happened in 2012 while she was the Security and Safety Supervisor at the facility.

The tort claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the Juvenile Department of Corrections.

The claim says, in part:

"Despite the concerns expressed by staff, as well as the overwhelming evidence that McCormick had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with (John) Doe, no action was taken by any JCC-Nampa or IDJOC employees."

The complaint goes on to claim that the teen has suffered mental and emotional from the actions of McCormick, and staff at the facility.

This claim is coming as the IDJOC is fighting a whistle blower lawsuit from 2012. That suit claims more than 10 employees were retaliated against for pointing out sexual relationships between female staffers and juvenile inmates.

Because it was after hours we were unable to reach a spokesperson for the facility. In the past, Director Sharon Harrigfeld has said she is confident that her staff, and the procedures she has in place, focus on the safety and protection of juveniles in custody.