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Another Arrest Warrant in Wake of IDJC Abuse Allegations


A warrant has been issued for the arrest of nurse who worked at the Nampa-based Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction facility, in the shadow of more allegations of inmates being abused by their keepers and caregivers.

The latest charge comes in the wake of Boise Weekly chronicles of IDJC's alleged "Culture of Corruption," which we began reporting on in 2012.

In October 2014, IDJC Director Sharon Harrigfeld said she was "profoundly troubled" by allegations that former staff at the detention center had sexually abused the youths they were sworn to protect. There had been three abuse claims at that time, and the U.S. Department of Justice promised to send a team to inspect the facility.

In 2012, an ex-IDJC security officer was jailed for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male inmate. The alleged victim filed a lawsuit against the state and IDJC, saying he suffered emotional and personal distress as a result of statutory rape. The former security guard pleaded guilty to the charges in 2013. McCormick was released from prison earlier this year after court officials said she completed a sex offender treatment program.

And in March of this year, five former inmates said they were subjected to sexual abuse at the facility. Valerie Lieteau, a former nurse named in a lawsuit lodged by the inmates, now faces charges of sexual battery of a minor 16-17 and sexual contact with a juvenile offender. This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports Lieteau, believed to be living in California, was named in the court files, which were unsealed May 15.