WHAT: Jeff Herman (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against CHILDPLACE, INC. for the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy by 26-year-old staff member Megan Ralston.
According to the Complaint:
- At all relevant times, JOHN DOE was 14 years old and a resident of CHILDPLACE, residing in a cottage on the premises. JOHN was a resident of CHILDPLACE due to behavioral problems, psychological illness, and difficulty complying with treatment requirements and procedures at other facilities.
- At all relevant times, Megan Ralston was 26 years old and a staff member of CHILDPLPACE. Ralston was assigned as a caretaker to JOHN. In approximately the second week of September, 2012, Ralston started a physical relationship with JOHN DOE.
- Ralston was investigated by the Jeffersonville Police Department. In her interview by police, she admitted to performing oral sex on JOHN on approximately two occasions in the upstairs bathroom of JOHN’s cottage at CHILDPLACE and that JOHN had touched her vagina in the bathroom of the cottage. She also admitted to having unprotected sexual intercourse in the van owned by CHILDPLACE and that during this incident JOHN ejaculated onto the backseat of the van. She admitted that she knew he was 14 years old at the time. Ralston was arrested in May, 2013. On May 12, 2014, Ralston pled guilty to the charge of Sexual Misconduct with a minor and was convicted.
- Employees of CHILDPLACE informed their supervisors of concerns over JOHN’s behavior, specifically following Ralston around the cottage. Employees also advised administrators of CHILDPLACE on multiple occasions, including in writing, that they believed that something sexual in nature was occurring between Ralston and JOHN.
- Despite these warnings to the administration of CHILDPLACE, no action was taken to control Ralston or to protect JOHN from sexual abuse by Ralston.
John Doe No. 115 v.Childplace, Inc. (Case 4:14-cr-18 SEB-MGN) was filed in the United States District Court Southern District of Indiana New Albany Division. A copy of the complaint is available upon request.
Jeff Herman, the attorney for the victim in this case, said: “A treatment center for vulnerable children must protect residents from sexual abuse by staff members.”