YMCA suspect arrested again after police identify 3-year-old victim in second case

Caleb Gaston (Mug shot courtesy Sedgwick County Jail)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The man charged with raping a child at the Downtown Y is back in jail.

Caleb Wayne Gaston was arrested Wednesday evening in Derby on aggravated indecent liberties with a child. During a police briefing, police said the new case involves a 3-year-old female victim.

“Wichita Exploited and Missing Child Unit detectives have identified a 3-year-old female victim in a child sex crime at the Downtown YMCA,” said officer Charley Davidson.

Gaston is charged with raping a 4-year-old girl Jan. 29 at the Downtown Y. Gaston, who worked for the YMCA since 2013, bonded out of jail Tuesday before being arrested again Wednesday. His bond in now set at $1 million. The second case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney for possible charges.

“This is an ongoing case. This is very concerning to us. Obviously, concerning to the YMCA as well. We continue to investigate,” Davidson added.

Police said if you have suspicions that your child was sexually assaulted, you are asked to call the Wichita Exploited and Missing Child Unit at 316-660-9478.

Gaston was fired from the Plymouth church preschool last year after a complaint about inappropriate touching. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment concluded the allegation was not substantiated.  However, KSN learned Thursday the director of that preschool resigned, and Plymouth has received more new reports of allegations. Those have been passed onto the KDHE.

Also, new information released from the YMCA Thursday confirms the mother of Caleb Gaston who was also employed at the Downtown YMCA is no longer working there. Officials with the YMCA said they were unable to comment further regarding personnel issues. You can read the full statement released Thursday below.

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/talkfor 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 316-660-9478.

 

YMCA president and CEO Ronn McMahon said new procedure will notify officials every day if any staff, member, guest or participant is on the sex offender registry. McMahon said Gaston underwent a background check but child abuse registries don’t indicate a problem unless formal charges are filed.


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