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May 23, 2013

Child worker charged with sex with boy, 14

Accused was counselor for Jeffersonville High School student

JEFFERSONVILLE —

A 27-year-old New Albany woman has been charged after admitting to having sexual relations with a 14-year-old Jeffersonville High School student.

Megan Ralston, of 405 Parkside Drive, who was 26 years old at the time of the alleged crimes, has been charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 with two counts sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts sexual misconduct, all class B felonies.

According to the probable-cause affidavit prepared by Jeffersonville police, Ralston was a caretaker at Child Place Inc., located at 2420 E. 10th St. in Jeffersonville, and the alleged victim is a boy who resides at the facility. Child Place is a nonprofit agency that provides residential and foster care services for abandoned, abused and neglected children and adolescents.

The sexual activity between Ralston and the juvenile is believed to have taken place between August and October 2012. Ralston no longer works at Childplace.

Following an investigation by the Jeffersonville Police Department, Ralston appeared in court Wednesday, at which time Judge Vicki Carmichael set a $25,000 court-cash bond. Following the hearing, Ralston was booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex and released two hours later after a $2,500 bond was posted.

 

CASE DETAILS

The investigation into the allegations began soon after a JPD school resource officer at JHS  was alerted in early November by Assistant Principal Jeff Griffith that a student had been “flashing a large sum of money at school and was asking a lot of questions about Indiana laws regarding sex with a minor,” according to the affidavit.

The student was called to Griffith’s office and questioned by the school resource officer about the allegation. During the interview, police reported the student produced $80, which he said was given to him by Ralston.

“[The student] said he has been involved in a sexual relationship with Ralston since approximately Aug. 15, 2012,” according to the affidavit.

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