Suspect in Wichita YMCA rape case hears new charges

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The man charged with raping a 4-year-old girl at the downtown Wichita YMCA was in court this afternoon to hear new charges against him.

Caleb Gaston was arrested last week on a count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.   Police said the alleged assault involved a 3-year-old girl at the downtown YMCA where Gaston once worked in the Kid Zone. 

Gaston told a Sedgwick Co. District Court Judge he didn't have any questions during today's brief hearing.

Gaston was returned to jail after his latest arrest.  His bond is $1 million.  

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The man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl at the downtown Wichita YMCA has been arrested for a sex crime involving another young girl.

Sedgwick County Jail records show Caleb Gaston was booked Wednesday night on a count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Officer Charley Davidson with the Wichita Police Department said the alleged assault involving a 3-year-old girl happened at the Downtown YMCA on January 24. Gaston is also accused of raping the 4-year-old victim on January 29 while he worked in the YMCA's Kid Zone.  

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Gaston had been released on bond Tuesday, and he was again arrested at a Derby home Wednesday evening.

Gaston's bond was set at $1 million. His preliminary hearing on the rape case is scheduled for February 15. 

The YMCA said in a statement that Gaston's mother is no longer employed with the YMCA. She was the wellness director for the downtown branch.

Wichita police said anyone who is concerned their child is a victim of a sexual assault can call the Exploited and Missing Child Unit at (316) 660-9478. 

The Greater Wichita YMCA released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

The YMCA is devastated to learn that new allegations have been filed against a former YMCA employee for additional incidents that may have taken place at the Downtown YMCA.

We can confirm that Gaston’s mother, Trish Gaston, is no longer a YMCA employee. We are unable to comment any further on this personnel issue.

Since this is now a police matter, our top priorities at this time and moving forward are to support our current and future YMCA families and cooperate with the Wichita Police Department in their ongoing investigation

We encourage families whose children may have had interactions with Caleb Gaston to visit www.ymcawichita.org/talk for information on talking to your kids about this situation.

If their conversations give them cause for concern, please contact the Wichita Police Department’s Exploited and Missing Children Unit immediately at 316-660-9494.


Timeline of Gaston's employment and allegations:

  • 2013: Started employment with the YMCA after passing a background and reference check
  • January 2017: Started employment with Scribbles and Giggles Children's Academy after passing a background and reference check
  • March 2017: Terminated from Scribbles and Giggles for attendance issues
  • 2017: Started employment with Plymouth Preschool Learning Center after passing a background and reference check
  • October 9, 2017: Terminated from Plymouth for one case of inappropriately touching a 2-year-old boy
  • January 24, 2018: Allegation of aggravated indecent liberties with a 3-year-old girl at the Downtown YMCA
  • January 29, 2018: Allegation of rape of a 4-year-old girl 
  • January 31, 2018: Arrested at 12:45 p.m. regarding the January 29th incident
  • 2018: Terminated from YMCA
  • February 6, 2018: Released on bond
  • February 7, 2017: Arrested at 8 p.m. regarding the January 24th incident

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