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Caretaker charged with sexual misconduct

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Megan Ralston was in court on Wednesday. Megan Ralston was in court on Wednesday.
The victim's mother. The victim's mother.
The 14-year-old boy stayed at Childplace. The 14-year-old boy stayed at Childplace.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana caretaker is accused of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy.

On Wednesday, Megan Ralston, 27, appeared in a Clark County courtroom to answer to the charges against her.

According to Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull, 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.

A school resource officer at Jeffersonville High School alerted police about the alleged relationship after talking with the victim.

"This could have been prevented," said Jamie Glover, victim's mother. "This could have been stopped and it wasn't and that upsets me."

Glover says she's disgusted that a woman who was suppose to be watching over and helping her son is charged with just the opposite.

"She was in a position of authority over this juvenile and when persons are in such a position and there is a higher standard of conduct that the law expects you to adhere to," said Jeremy Mull, Clark County prosecutor. 

Court documents show in Ralston's first interview with police, she admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with the 14-year-old. She also told investigators the two had sex in a Childplace van in a McDonalds parking lot. 

According to the victim, when he told Ralston he was going to notify another caretaker, she offered him $120 to return a love letter she'd allegedly written him. 

But in later interviews with investigators, Ralston's story changes. According to court documents, she told police the 14-year-old forced her to perform sex acts on him. Glover says her son has psychological problems and she believed he was getting help at Childplace.
 
"He's had mental health issues since he was 5 years old and so for somebody to take advantage of him and then to turn around and blame him, her family, her trying to say that my son took advantage of her," said Glover. 

Ralston appeared in front of a judge for the first time on Wednesday answering to two charges of sexual misconduct. 

"There's a whole lot more going on then what you've seen and we are anxious to talk about it, we will talk about it, it's just not appropriate at this time," said Bart Betteau, Ralston's attorney. 

Ralston is due back in late July. Her trial is slated for October.

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