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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 —

“[Ralston] recently heard rumors around Childplace that a juvenile, [the student], had manipulated her into kissing and ‘doing things’ with her,” according to the affidavit. “When asked if there was any truth to those rumors, Ralston stated, ‘some.’”

While speaking with Parker, Ralston admitted that her and the student’s relationship had changed during the preceding June as he had directed flattering comments at her. According to the affidavit, Ralston also admitted to approximately 10 occurrences of physical contact with the student, which included about two acts of oral sex on the child in the upstairs bathroom of the juvenile’s cottage at Childplace.

“[Ralston] also admitted to having unprotected sexual intercourse with [the child] in a red van, which belonged to Childplace, in the parking lot of McDonald’s ...,” according to the affidavit.

Ralston admitted that she had written the child a letter expressing her feelings, and to giving him $120, but the money was provided because he wanted to buy something for his girlfriend, a person other than Ralston. During the interview, Ralston said that she had not had sexual contact with the child for three to four weeks.

“Ralston advised she wished this incident would not have occurred because she wanted to help kids,” according to the affidavit. “She also advised that she knew he was 14 years old, thought he was attractive and had romantic feelings for him.”

A meeting was set for November 20 with Ralston, her attorney Bart Betteau, his assistant, Parker and Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Linda Lamping at JPD. During the interview, Ralston outlined the evolution of her relationship with the juvenile. She stated, according the affidavit, that the child had immediately show her attention at Childplace and that he spoke openly with her and would later tell her that he felt she was the only person who cared about him. She said that she felt the child initially had a “crush” on her, but as time went on he later became infatuated with her.

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