FF12: Psychologists say additional child sex accusations not surprising

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) It started with one arrest and one charge of rape but as investigators dug deeper into allegations against 21-year-old Caleb Gaston, they found reason to believe he committed sex crimes against at least one more child.

According to Plymouth Learning Center, Caleb Gaston was fired in October of 2017 for a report of inappropriate touching of a student. It was reported to Wichita Police and KDHE. Gaston was not charged.

But now, according to Wichita Police, their investigation into the accused rape of a four-year-old led them to find evidence to arrest Gaston for aggravated indecent liberties with a child involving a three-year-old. Both of the allegations were at the downtown YMCA.

"It's not unusual for things to build over time."

Dr. Desirae Moreno is a licensed psychologist and while she doesn't know the details of the Caleb Gaston cases or the investigations, she said if someone commits crimes and does not get caught, it can encourage them to continue.

"Unfortunately if someone is very good at what they do, and I hate to use that word, then they sometimes have other offenses that go unreported, uncaught and they build up until someone either feels comfortable with saying something or someone figures it out or someone steps forward," she said.

Though offenders act in different ways, Dr. Moreno said sometimes if the offender doesn't know the victim, it's because they are intentionally seeking out situations rather than people.

She said that can be employment at a place with children or focusing on being around potential victims who the offenders consider easy targets.

"Sometimes they're not grooming those people, they're just in a situation where they can do something and if that is not caught and they go okay I can get away with this, sometimes the behavior does escalate and escalate over time," she said.

Not getting caught can lead to an error in thought, according to Dr. Bruce Nystrom, a licensed psychologist.

"A lot of people get involved in ongoing opportunistic type of behavior. There's what we call a thinking error or cognitive distortion that says well, I got away with it the first time, I can get away with it again and again and you start to see a pattern established," he said,

Though some offenders do escalate their crimes each time, Dr. Nystrom said it's most common to see offenders repeat what they've done as long as they have the opportunity and don't get caught.

"You get into a pattern of certain types of behavior, certain age groups, certain attributes of an alleged victim and you see a repeated pattern established," he said.

Gaston has not been convicted of any of the accusations as of now.