Court document released in Wichita YMCA child rape case

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A court document says a man accused of raping two young girls at the YMCA in downtown Wichita hit one of the alleged victims in the face and assaulted her in the Kid Zone bathroom. 

Caleb Gaston, 21, is charged with two counts of rape and remains held on $1 million bond. He's accused of assaulting a 3-year-old girl on January 24 and a 4-year-old girl on January 29. Authorities have released details in the incident involving the 4-year-old. 

A woman reported on January 29 that her 4-year-old daughter was assaulted at the Downtown branch. She told police she left her daughter in the Kid Zone at 4:18 p.m. while she worked out. 

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An arrest affidavit says a Kid Zone staffer called the victim's mother at 5:32 p.m., saying that the girl has been hit in the head with a ball and wouldn't stop crying. The mother picked up her daughter and took her home.

When the girl later went to use the bathroom at home, she started to cry, the court document says. Her mother noticed some blood on the toilet paper and the girl's underwear. Her mother and father several times asked the girl what happened and if someone had touched her.

She said, "The guy from the gym touched me..."

A SANE/SART exam was completed at a local hospital, and the report was consistent with the injuries the girl described. She described to social workers what happened. KAKE News is not disclosing those details due to their graphic nature, but the girl told the social workers the alleged incident happened in the bathroom while she was getting sick in the sink.  

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At the time the girl was in the Kid Zone, there were two employees there:  a 26-year-old woman and Gaston. Security video appeared to show Gaston twice striking the girl in the face, and the girl began to cry. 

The affidavit says video further shows Gaston picking up the girl and walking to the front counter. The girl appeared to get sick, and took her to the bathroom. 

At 4:54 p.m., "the video shows Caleb in the bathroom with her, he bends over slightly reaching for something with his right hand and then he steps closer and reaches down low with his left hand." They exited the bathroom 24 seconds later. 

Surveillance video shows the girl adjusting her tights and sitting on the floor behind the front desk while crying.

"Caleb walked over to (the girl) and gave her a hug."

Another Kid Zone employee held the girl until calling the child's mother to say she'd been hit with a ball. 

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