An ex-Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections security officer, who admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male inmate after prosecutors said the inmate suffered emotional and personal distress as a result of statutory rape, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, with five years fixed. Additionally, the judge retained jurisdiction in the case, meaning McCormick could serve as little as one year behind bars. The judge said McCormick might be released early if McCormick responded well to treatment programs within the Idaho Department of Correction.
In November 2012, 31-year-old Julie McCormick was slapped with a string of felony charges after an affidavit alleged she had a sexual relationship with the teen and that McCormick had the victim's initials tattooed on the side of her neck. A tort claim further alleged that McCormick groomed the victim "in a manner commonly utilized by child molesters" and that she would launder the victim's clothing and bedding at her home and return them heavily perfumed. The claim also alleges that McCormick would give the victim "love notes" and remove letters and photos from the victim's girlfriend from the victim's cell. Court documents also alleged that McCormick, who was hired by IDJC in 2005, had sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old inmate on at least three occasions in her office.
McCormick was sentenced March 28 by Third District Judge Bradley Ford at the Canyon County Courthouse.