An Idaho 3rd District judge refused to lower the bond for a former supervisor at the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections Nampa facility, charged with having a sexual relationship with a minor.
A 15-year-old male said he suffered emotional and personal distress as a result of "statutory rape, lewd, and lascivious conduct, sexual battery and neglect" when he had a sexual relationship with 31-year-old Julie McCormick in July of this year, and that McCormick has the victim's initials tattooed on the side of her neck.
McCormick was arrested nearly five months after a group of IDJC employees filed suit against the State of idaho and nearly seven months after IDOC staff reportedly witnessed inappropriate behavior between McCormick and a juvenile at the Nampa facility.
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that McCormick's attorney asked Judge Dan Grober to reduce McCormick's bond from $200,000 to $5,000 because she was "a low flight risk and has strong local family ties." The attorney argued that McCormick's father is a longtime police officer.
But the Press-Tribune reports prosecutors argued that McCormick had been living with her parents in Oregon prior to her arrest and the nature of the charge means "McCormick may be too great a danger to the community to release."
Grober decided to keep the bond at $200,000, but agreed to hear further arguments at McCormick's preliminary hearing, which is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 18.