Sex Abuse Case in Carrizo
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Juan Holmes

Houston, TX

#1 May 13, 2009
By John MacCormack - Express-News

A Dimmit County jury has awarded more than $100,000 to a young woman who was seduced three years ago as a teenager by a man who judged her band contest.

John F. Ralston, 54, of Carrizo Springs, was already a registered sex offender in Texas, having pleaded guilty last year to statutory rape in the same matter.

The civil case against Ralston was filed by a female identified in court papers only as DJA. In the lawsuit, she said she contracted herpes and another sexually transmitted disease from Ralston when she was 16 and that she suffered emotionally from the experience.

“This case was never about the money. It was about DJA wanting to make sure it didn't happen to any other girls,” said her lawyer, Alex Katzman of San Antonio.

Besides $100,000 in compensatory damages, the jury awarded DJA $15,000 in punitive damages in a verdict reached last week.

Ralston's lawyer, Alfredo Padilla of Carrizo Springs, said the jury gave the plaintiff far less than she wanted.

“They were asking for $750,000 plus punitive damages,” he said.

Testimony at the trial suggested that Ralston had a similar relationship with an underage girl a decade earlier.

“The father of another young girl testified that Ralston apparently had a sexual relationship with his daughter, and that on her 17th birthday, she moved in with Ralston,” Katzman said.

In Ralston's testimony, he acknowledged the relationship with DJA but little else.

“He blamed the parents, saying they should have known what was going on,” Katzman said.

DJA testified that she met Ralston in August 2006 after singing in a battle of the bands event in Carrizo Springs. She said Ralston, who was a judge, offered to help her with her music.

“He was a typical sexual predator. He ingratiated himself with the family to gain access to the child,” Katzman said.

He said the girl had never had a boyfriend before becoming involved with Ralston.

When she told her mother some months later, her mother went to police, leading to Ralston's indictment and conviction.

Katzman said DJA, now 19, is still struggling with the experience.

“She's been very depressed. She's trying to get her life back on track. She hopes to go to college some day,” he said.

“After the trial, I told her I was proud of her for having the guts to come forward,” he said.
lolwut

Windham, ME

#2 May 13, 2009
What a tease.
Hater

San Antonio, TX

#3 May 14, 2009
Mr Ralston is really laughing at those dumbasses!!! he was on probation for doing the same thing and he does it again and they slap his hand and tell him.."Bad little boy, do not be looking under those little girl's dresses" What a bunch of moron's in that jury that will only have him turn himself into jail on weekends. What kind of punishment is that??!!! So, I guess little girl's are fair game here in Dimmit county as long as you have money to buy yourself out of it. I'm sure if his name had been Juan Ramon, he would be looking out through the bars already..What a F#*king Circus!!!!!
not a local

Sabinal, TX

#4 May 14, 2009
who is this man, his name sounds familiar but I cant place from where, does he own a business here?
laugh out loud

San Antonio, TX

#5 May 14, 2009
he runs Ralston's right across from what used to be Bear Motors
carkid

United States

#6 May 14, 2009
was his picture put on the newspaper? no creo yo!!!!
discrimination

Fayetteville, TX

#7 May 14, 2009
they should put it in the Javelin,frontpage!! Oh, but i bet they wont, they only put mexicans!!! That bastard has to be exposed!!! Javelin never put in the paper when he was charged and arrested, why not? We need to get together and put pressure because thats discrimination!!! THat BASTARD!!!
Charlie

San Antonio, TX

#8 May 15, 2009
discrimination wrote:
they should put it in the Javelin,frontpage!! Oh, but i bet they wont, they only put mexicans!!! That bastard has to be exposed!!! Javelin never put in the paper when he was charged and arrested, why not? We need to get together and put pressure because thats discrimination!!! THat BASTARD!!!
I always see Ralston at Rosita's ...that tells you why they won't expose him!!!They would rather have his money and have him ogle the young waitresses than refuse service to him. It is true that his picture needs to be made public for all to see because he is a predator!!!
parent

Laredo, TX

#9 May 15, 2009
its always been a well known fact that the ortiz's are coconuts. they have always catered to the white people ever since i was in high school with their daughters and not putting it in the paper just goes to show what values they have. i attend church every sunday and i sure as hell do not want that child molester sitting behind my daughter
They call me Bruce

Houston, TX

#10 May 15, 2009
Click on the link below to see his picture...

https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/Sor...
expressing my opinion

Maitland, FL

#11 May 15, 2009
I can not believe they put the risk level as low if he commited this act several times he should have at least been medium, I guess money does by you privilages but what a fake sitting at church and acting like what he did was not a big issue, I hope they did sent out flyers around a 5 mile radius of his home stating of the type of person this man is... you know it will be a matter of time before it happens again since he got a slap on the hand ....and thats a damn shame
local

San Antonio, TX

#12 May 16, 2009
how is this sick perv still an active person in this community. we as locals should band together and shun this child preditor to protect our kids. We as a COMMUNITY should not allow JOHN RALSTON to attend ANY event were a young person MAY be attending, we need to run his ass out of town!
puro pedo

Houston, TX

#13 May 16, 2009
money talks!!
just ask me

United States

#14 May 22, 2009
right or wrong he is still a human being
there are more things going on here than we know
he repented and asked the priest/church for forgiveness/so now what?
puro pedo

Houston, TX

#15 May 22, 2009
just ask me wrote:
right or wrong he is still a human being
there are more things going on here than we know
he repented and asked the priest/church for forgiveness/so now what?
So you are saying its ok for him to keep repeating his sin...the bible states that you are forgiven, but sin no more. His sin is the same one. He has committed this sin before.
unknoown

San Antonio, TX

#16 May 22, 2009
But are they going to do this to all sex offenders in Carrizo???
mafia

Fowlerton, TX

#17 May 22, 2009
puro pedo wrote:
<quoted text>So you are saying its ok for him to keep repeating his sin...the bible states that you are forgiven, but sin no more. His sin is the same one. He has committed this sin before.
well he wasnt catholic before either, and we are not god where its our duty to lose sleep every night worrying about it so let the man upstairs deal with it
Please

United States

#18 May 22, 2009
straight up Ralston is a predator! People who don't know are easy to point fingers and blame the victims. Very clear here, an old man 53 yrs old has no business with 16, 17,18, 19 yr. olds. Thats sick man, totally sick!! He has several victims not just 2 there's more, but are afraid to speak up!! He only went to church becuz he was afraid to go to jail! why didn't he go to jail before wen he started molesting girls? huh? now that he was charged, he decides to get baptized? well, ain't that fishy!!
peanut

Fowlerton, TX

#19 May 23, 2009
discrimination wrote:
they should put it in the Javelin,frontpage!! Oh, but i bet they wont, they only put mexicans!!! That bastard has to be exposed!!! Javelin never put in the paper when he was charged and arrested, why not? We need to get together and put pressure because thats discrimination!!! THat BASTARD!!!
there... it was front page, he's exposed, happy?
metoo

San Antonio, TX

#20 May 24, 2009
Hater wrote:
Mr Ralston is really laughing at those dumbasses!!! he was on probation for doing the same thing and he does it again and they slap his hand and tell him.."Bad little boy, do not be looking under those little girl's dresses" What a bunch of moron's in that jury that will only have him turn himself into jail on weekends. What kind of punishment is that??!!! So, I guess little girl's are fair game here in Dimmit county as long as you have money to buy yourself out of it. I'm sure if his name had been Juan Ramon, he would be looking out through the bars already..What a F#*king Circus!!!!!
u sir are a dumbass.....there was no jury in his criminal case because he plead out....the district attournys office gave him a deal... talk to mr. little and mr serna next time you see them and tell them why they let him go...to spend ONE night in jail on the week end...not 3 nights..just sunday.... the jury was another trial... the civil trial..no criminal trial was held because he plead out... bastard should have his nuts cut off....

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