Trial set for former Wichita YMCA employee accused of raping young girls

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Caleb Gaston appeared in court on June 14, 2018, and waived his preliminary hearing. Caleb Gaston appeared in court on June 14, 2018, and waived his preliminary hearing.

The man accused of sexually assaulting two young girls at a Wichita YMCA where he worked will stand trial this summer.

Caleb Gaston appeared in court on Thursday and waived his preliminary hearing on two counts of rape. The 21-year-old is accused of assaulting a 3-year-old girl on January 24 and a 4-year-old girl on January 29. Both alleged assaults happened in the Kid Zone at the downtown branch.

Gaston has pleaded not guilty.

Court document released in Wichita YMCA child rape case

Second court document released in YMCA child rape case

Gaston remains jailed on $1.1 million bond. His trial was scheduled for July 23.

The Greater Wichita YMCA last month announced safety improvements in response to Gaston's arrest. They include:

  • Updating member photos and requiring a current parent/guardian photo for any child dropped off or picked up in a Kid Zone.
  • A "Kid Watch" feature which will allow parents and staff to watch a live camera feed.
  • Adding 100 security cameras to facilities and installing upgraded cameras and recording systems.
  • Adding half-doors to remaining Kid Zone restrooms.  

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