Jury awards $300K in youth home sex lawsuit

Nov 14, 2011

A former resident of a youth home in Laramie has been awarded $300,000 in his civil lawsuit stemming from a sex assault case involving the resident and a female counselor.

An Albany County jury sided with the former resident of the Cathedral Home for Children in Laramie. The lawsuit arose from a 2009 criminal case in which former counselor Katie Joseph was arrested for having a sexual
relationship with the resident. She was 31; he was 17.

Joseph pleaded guilty in April 2009 to third-degree sexual assault of a minor. She was placed on six years of supervised probation and is currently living under supervision in Washington state.

The jury found that the defendants failed to provide the accepted standard of care.