Man accused in child rape at YMCA fired from preschool for 'inappropriate touching'

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A local church confirms that the man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl at a Wichita YMCA was terminated from the church's preschool after a complaint of inappropriate touching.

Caleb Gaston, 21, is charged with rape of a victim under the age of 14. Police arrested him Monday following a report of a sexual assault at the Downtown YMCA, where Gaston worked in the Kid Zone.

Plymouth Congregational Church Senior Minister Don Olsen said Gaston's employment at Plymouth Preschool Learning Center, 202 North Clifton, was terminated on October 9, 2017, after a complaint of inappropriate touching.

"The discharge was immediate and Plymouth Learning Center notified KDHE and the Wichita Police Department made an investigation," Olsen said. 

Olsen said officers interviewed the child, parents and teachers.

A police report says the alleged "child abuse" offense happened on September 6 and was reported on October 6. Gaston was not charged at the time.

Olsen said a background check was done and Gaston was employed for several months in 2017. The school is equipped with security cameras in classrooms and has a policy that two teachers are in classrooms with children at all times.

Gaston remains jailed on $100,000 bond. His preliminary hearing in the rape case is scheduled for February 15.

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