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May 12, 2014

New Albany woman sentenced for sex with boy, 14

Child Place worker given probation, home incarceration

JEFFERSONVILLE — A New Albany woman charged with having a sexual relationship with a Jeffersonville High School student was sentenced in a Clark County court Monday.

Megan Ralston, now 28, was sentenced in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 to six months home incarceration to be followed by 30 months probation after accepting a plea agreement. The agreement required she admit her guilt to one count of sexual misconduct with a minor as a class D felony.

Ralston was charged in May 2013 with four counts class B felony sexual misconduct after a 14-year-old boy told an assistant principal of intimate relations with Ralston.

The state was represented by Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull, who said the sentencing was appropriate for the first-time offender.

“She had never had any sexual experience with anyone ... She had come from a very sheltered home life and past,” Mull said. “I want to make it clear that those are not excuses for her conduct, but in looking at what was an appropriate [sentence], I did not feel that sending her to prison would have been conducive to rehabilitating her.”

Mull said the plea includes that Ralston continue to attend counseling, and he added that the felony conviction will prevent her in the future from obtaining a job working with children.

Ralston had contact with the boy at Child Place Inc., 2420 E. 10th St. in Jeffersonville, where the boy resided and she was employed.

Before her arrest in May 2013, the boy reported that sometime after  Aug. 15, 2012, Ralston began coming to his bedroom and initiated and performed oral sex with him.

The child also claimed Ralston initiated and had sexual intercourse with him in a Child Place transport van near McDonald’s restaurant on Charlestown Road in New Albany the following October.

After the boy alerted authorities of the activity, Ralston was questioned by the Jeffersonville Police Department.

Ralston told police of approximately 10 occurrences of physical contact with the student, some of which happened in the upstairs bathroom of the juvenile’s cottage at Child Place.

 

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