Saturday, May 25, 2013

Childplace Childcare Worker Accused of Child Sex

Megan Ralston, 27-year-old child caretaker from Jeffersonville, Indiana, has been accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy who was living at Childplace because of a variety of mental illnesses.

According to the Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull, Ralston began a four-month sexual relationship with the 14-year-old last August. The 14-year-old boy stayed at Childplace, a center that provides adoption, counseling and other treatment options for children in need. Ralston was a caretaker in the cottage where the boy stayed and is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with him on multiple occasions between August 2012 and November 2012. Court records said Ralston admitted to about 10 instances of physical contact with the teen, including two that involved oral sex in a cottage bedroom. In addition to sex at the Jeffersonville counseling center woman and boy  also had sex in a Childplace Inc. van on numerous occasions.

Ralston told police she thought the boy was attractive and admitted to having romantic feelings for him. She also admitted to giving the teen $120 in exchange for a love letter she wrote him when he told her he was going to report her. But during a later police interview, Ralston changed her story, saying the teen forced her to have sex.

A school resource officer at Jeffersonville High School alerted police about the alleged relationship after talking with the victim. The boy asked the officer about laws pertaining to adults having sex with minors and when the officer probed further the teen told him about the alleged sexual relationship with an employee of Childplace, 27-year-old Megan Ralston.  The officer also said he saw the student with a large amount of money. The victim said it all ended with the employee giving him money in exchange for a letter she wrote him.

Ralston appeared in front of a judge for the first time on Wednesday answering to two charges of sexual misconduct. Ralston is due back in late July. Her trial is slated for October.

Southern Indiana childcare worker arrested for sex with minor

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