Youth sexually abused in detention awarded $450K

Posted at 12:20 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 19:11:23-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections has paid $450,000 to a youth who was sexually abused by a staffer at a Nampa juvenile detention center.

The youth, called "John Doe I" in legal documents, filed a lawsuit against the state last year contending that officials failed to take action to prevent him from being repeatedly sexually abused when he was a 15-year-old resident of the Juvenile Correction Center in Nampa. The staffer mentioned in the lawsuit, Julie McCormick, was later convicted of lewd conduct with a minor.

The state reached a settlement with Doe in December, but the terms of the agreement were sealed. The Associated Press recently learned the financial amount paid to the teen through a public record request.

The youth's attorney, Bruce Skaug, said his client was satisfied with the settlement. A spokesman for the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction did not immediately respond to a request for comment.