$1 million bond set for Caleb Gaston

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update Thursday afternoon

Eyewitness News has learned the bond for Caleb Gaston has been set at $1 million.

Police arrested Gaston Wednesday night for aggravated indecent liberties with a child. This follows an arrest last Wednesday (Jan. 31) where he was charged with raping a four-year-old girl at the downtown YMCA where he worked in the KidZone.

Police say the indecent liberties accusations stems from an incident prior to Gaston's Jan. 31 arrest.

Wichita police say the latest victim is a three-year-old child.

Gaston was out on a $100,000 bond when police arrested him at his home in Derby for the second incident.

Police say they were not alerted about crime but detectives discovered through their investigation. They would not specify if that discovery was made using camera footage taken from the KidZone area.

This latest case is set to be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney on Friday.

Gaston is due back in court next Thursday, Feb. 15 for a preliminary hearing on the first case.

Eyewitness News Thursday, spoke with parents at the downtown Wichita YMCA, where two cases in which Gaston is accused, are believed to have happened.

"I know some people who have worked here in the past, who actually did work in the KidZone and say there were times when they were alone with the kids for a long amount of time, and I don't think any stranger should be singly alone with children," says Madeline Goseland who goes to the downtown YMCA.

YMCA member Christian Teulfel says cases involving accusations like those against Gaston "always strikes a chord."

"Because we want to protect the people that are extremely important to us, especially younger kids," Tuelfel says. "They're basically defenseless."

Eyewitness News also spoke with parents of children who attended preschool at the Plymouth Learning Center from which Gaston was fired last fall after he was accused of inappropriate touching.

The parents say their children too, were victims of Gaston.

The accusation leading to Gaston's firing at Plymouth did not lead to any charges against him.

The school's director resigned this week and people say there needs to be changes.

"I don't want to totally go after the preschool, but there's obviously (a) need to set some standards for what's going on," Goseland says. "And I think we need to talk about pedophilia more as a society. I think it's a taboo subject, so people don't want to talk about it and don't understand that it's common in that it's everywhere."

If you think your kids had contact with Caleb Gaston, you can call the Wichita Police Department's Exploited and Missing Children Unit.

Their number is 316-660-9494.


Update: Thursday, 12:27 p.m.

The director of Plymouth Learning Center, where 21-year-old Caleb Gaston was once employed, has resigned.

Kris Quilin confirmed his resignation to Eyewitness News Thursday morning.

Gaston was employed with Plymouth Learning Center from April 2017 to October 2017. He was fired after a report of "inappropriate touching." The case was turned over to police.

Quillin says he did everything he should have regarding the incident at PLC and feels bad for hiring Gaston. He said he regrets that he could not protect his school and kids.


Update: Thursday, 10 a.m.

Wichita police say 21-year-old Caleb Gaston was arrested for a second child sex crime that occurred at the downtown YMCA.

Officer Charley Davidson said Gaston was arrested on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the 1400 block of East Crest Hill in Derby.

According to police, Wichita Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child detectives identified a 3-year-old girl in a child sex crime that happened at the downtown Y.

Gaston was booked into jail on one charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The latest case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.


Update: Thursday, 8 a.m.

According to jail records, the 21-year-old man accused of raping a four-year-old girl is back in jail.

Caleb Gaston is in the Sedgwick County jail without bond on a charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. That is different than the rape charge he was held on previously.

He had bonded out of jail earlier this week.

Jail records show he was booked into jail Wednesday evening around 8:45.

Eyewitness News is checking with police to gather more information.


Eyewitness News has learned a 21-year-old man accused of raping a four-year-old girl has bonded out of jail. He was being held on a $100,000 bond.

Wichita police say on Monday, Jan. 29, they investigated the report of a rape at the downtown Y where Caleb Gaston worked as a part-time employee in the KidZone.

READ: YMCA employee charged with raping four-year-old girl at downtown Y"

The Greater Wichita YMCA said there were cameras recording in the KidZone area and additional staff present on the day of the alleged incident. Staff members were also in the process of reaching out to the parents of children who may have had contact with Gaston.

Gaston is set to appear back in a court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 15.

Tuesday night, the Greater Wichita YMCA sent a letter to its members , explaining safety measures, its screening process for new employees and steps it's taking moving forward after Gaston's arrest. The organization, in part, says it is now implementing daily sex offender registry (SOR) checks.

Still, several questions remain into how Gaston was in a position to work close to children with the organization and why the YMCA wasn't aware of his previous allegations of inappropriate touching at a learning center for small children.

Some lawmakers say they want to see changes to make sure this situation doesn't happen again.

Eyewitness News learned that in Gaston's case, because previous allegations against him were unsubstantiated, even if the YMCA had run a check, it would not have found anything.

Representative Chuck Weber says there should be some way to make people aware when a report like the prior accusation against Gaston is made.

"I would be in favor of looking at legislation that would at least let parents and caregivers know that some suspicion, that some incident was reported against a particular person," Weber says.

Representative John Carmichael says even with the difficulty of this situation, you have to balance children's safety with privacy.

"Here is the difficulty - not all reports of child abuse are in fact legitimate," Carmichael says. "Some are fabricated for various reasons and the unfortunate fact that a mere circumstance that someone filed a report or a suspicion, should not tarnish good people's careers in childcare or in any other endeavor."

Weber and Carmichael says there are not currently any bills or legislation being proposed to address the issue.