A civil case filed in Lewis County District Court against Idaho County by the young Kamiah woman who was victimized by an Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy four years ago has been scheduled for a jury trial next June. Earlier this year, the county prevailed in federal court over the victim’s family’s lawsuit concerning the actions of then-deputy Daniel Funderburg, which also concerned the actions of Funderburg’s superiors within the department.
The present lawsuit alleges that after Funderburg committed a sexual crime against the victim, who was then a minor, the county “destroyed Sergeant [Carlos] Martinez’s working/field files that contained the previous year’s disciplinary notes for deputy Funderburg,” and that Sheriff Doug Giddings and Undersheriff Jim Gorges “knew deputy Funderburg was spending considerable time with [the victim], including times while deputy Funderburg was on duty for Idaho County.”
Funderburg’s crime came to light in December 2012. Since then, Giddings has insisted that neither he nor Gorges knew anything of Funderburg’s crime until after someone tipped off a Lewis County prosecutor.
Funderburg got involved with the girl that August, and according to the federal court, cut off contact with her Nov. 6, 2012. Giddings learned of the relationship on Dec. 3, 2012, according to the federal court, and, the federal judge noted in his ruling, “on that date, Giddings arranged for Funderburg to be put on administrative leave.”
Funderburg was arrested, charged, plea-bargained and was fired over the criminal charge of felony sexual battery of a minor. When the victim’s family sued in federal court – naming Funderburg, Gorges, Giddings, Idaho County and “Does” as defendants – Funderburg defaulted.
Two 2017 dates have been set regarding the present civil case, with the final pre-trial conference to be held on May 25 and a jury trial to be held on June 5.