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Ricky Don Ralston (mug shot TCSO)
A jury in Taney County has found a man from Walnut Shade guilty of sex charges involving kids.

Prosecutor Jeff Merrell charged Ricky Don Ralston, 44, with statutory sodomy, statutory rape and sexual misconduct by indecent exposure in June 2010. Merrell says the jury deliberated about forty five minutes before finding Ralston guilty of molesting the 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son of his live in girlfriend from December of 2008 to August of 2009.

"A child abuse hotline call prompted an investigation that led to an investigation into the sexual abuse allegations. The indecent exposure charge was the result of a disclosure from the 13 year old son of Ralston’s girlfriend that Ralston had exposed himself to the boy, then made fun of the boy and called him names for having looked at Ralston’s genitals," said Merrell.

Ralston could receive up to 18 years in prison when he is sentenced on February 9th.