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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



“Ralston advised [the child] forced her to perform oral sex on him,” according to the affidavit.

She said during their first oral-sex encounter, the child had motioned for her to go to an upstairs bathroom in his Childplace cottage.

“ ... Ralston did not want to go; however, she did because she wanted to help him,” according to the affidavit.

Ralston reported that she attempted to stop the act by pulling away and stating, “I don’t want to do this,” but wasn’t unable to stop the act, according to the affidavit.

She said a similar encounter occurred the second time the two engaged in sexual activity.

Ralston was then asked about the sexual intercourse with the child in New Albany. She stated after leaving McDonald’s, she drove the Childplace van to an area near Indiana University Southeast because the child wanted to talk. After reaching the location, Ralston and the child got into the back seat of the van. Parker noted in the affidavit, that Ralston could not explain why she went to the rear of the vehicle of her own will. She said while in the van, the child had removed his pants and she had told hip to stop multiple times, and he attempted to comfort her by saying “he loved her and it was OK.”

Ralston claimed that the child tried to hold her down during the intercourse.

“[The] child allegedly told Ralston that he felt as though he raped her,” according to the affidavit, and that the experience cause her physical pain.

Ralston said during the interview that she had not has sexual intercourse before her experience with the juvenile. Parker reported that at no time did Ralston report any of the incidents to her employer, seek medical treatment or tell anyone of the occurrences.

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