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Clark County

May 23, 2013

Child worker charged with sex with boy, 14

Accused was counselor for Jeffersonville High School student

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

The student continued that Ralston had given him a card containing $20 on his birthday in July and sometime after that she began talking to him about her adult relationships.

“He said sometime after Aug. 15, 2012, she began coming to his bedroom and initiated and performed oral sex with him,” according to the affidavit. “[The student] said this occurred several times over a period of two months.”

The child claimed Ralston initiated and had sexual intercourse with him in a Childplace transport van near McDonald’s restaurant on Charlestown Road in New Albany on Oct. 11. He also told police that Ralston had written him a letter in September expressing feelings that she held for him. The child reported that he had since torn up the letter, but had not thrown it away.

“[The student] said the ongoing relationship made him feel increasingly uncomfortable and he wished to discontinue the sexual activity,” according to the affidavit.

The child reported that he told Ralston that he was going to confess their relationship and that it was only fair she heard that from him, police reported.

“He said Ralston asked [him] to return the letter and offered him $120 in cash for the letter,” according to the affidavit. “[The student] said he agreed and traded the pieces of the torn letter for six $20 bills.”

A forensic interview was conducted with the child Nov. 13 at Family and Children Center in New Albany.

During the interview, the child gave similar accounts of his sexual history with Ralston that he had previously provided to police. His account with the forensic interviewer included nearly 15 incidents of oral sex at Childplace. He again reported other sexual activity in the Childplace van after he and Ralston had dropped off another resident of Childplace to work at McDonald’s.

 

RALSTON’S STATEMENT

During an interview with JPD Detective Isaac Parker on Nov. 7 at the police department, Ralston stated that she had been an employee of Childplace for five months and that she first met the child when she was placed as a staff member in his cottage.

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