HR executive talks background checks

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Eyewitness News continues to ask questions about the Wichita man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl at the Downtown YMCA.

Right now, we know 21-year-old Caleb Gaston was a part-time employee with the Y starting in 2013. That's according to the YMCA's CEO who says he had a background and reference check.

"Most employers are looking for criminal history, you know, arrests, convictions, those types of thing that might speak to character, which an employer typically wants to know in advance, the type of character they're bringing into their organization because the reputation of their firm obviously may be on the line," says Mike Mathia, owner of Insights Consulting.

Gaston worked for Plymouth Congressional Church last year which houses the Plymouth Learning Center.

The church tells us he was fired for inappropriate touching in October. Staff reported the incident to police and the KDHE .

We don't know if Gaston was working for the Y while he was working for Plymouth. If the YMCA did a new background check on Gaston, the incident wouldn't have shown up since he was not charged or arrested.

"If they were tipped to an issue and they actually had to report that for investigation i would think there was some type of responsibility from one childcare provider to another to share that information, to protect the interest and wellbeing of the kids who were at the daycare center of where the former employee may be seeking to work," says Mathia.

Gaston remains in The Sedgwick County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Mathia says for his company he uses publicly available databases for background checks.

These are public websites even you or I could use to look up things like arrest warrants and sex offender history.