In March 2013, a former Idaho County sheriff's deputy was sentenced to six years' probation after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Daniel Funderburg, 32, admitted to having sexual relations with the underage girl at his house, and prosecutors said the girl had contracted a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the encounters.
And now, this morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the parents of the girl are suing Funderburg, his bosses and Idaho County, saying that their daughter's constitutional rights were violated. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court on April 25.
The parents' suit argues that Funderburg was on duty and in uniform when the wrongful actions occurred. The suit further alleges that Funderburg's superiors "knew Funderburg was spending considerable time with the victim, which reasonably should have raised suspicions as to the nature of the relationship."
Additionally, the parents allege that Funderburg's boss tired to cover up the relationship and persuade the girl not to press charges.