2018: YMCA worker charged in second case
The child care worker already charged with raping a 4-year-old girl at the Downtown YMCA Kid Zone was charged Monday with aggravated indecent liberties involving another child at the same location.
With the additional charge, Caleb Gaston remains in jail on a $1 million bond.
As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives identified the second alleged victim – a 3-year-old girl. That alleged assault happened on Jan. 24, a police report says. On Friday, police presented to prosecutors the information involving the second child, prompting the charge of aggravated indecent liberties that was filed Monday.
The other alleged crime – a rape involving the 4-year-old – occurred on Jan. 29, records show.
In an email Monday night, Gaston’s attorney, Steve Ariagno, said: “Mr. Gaston denies any and all allegations of wrongdoing. We will continue to investigate and defend these charges in the criminal justice system.”
At a brief court appearance Monday, Judge Faith Maughan read the additional charge and asked Gaston whether he had any questions.
In a straightforward, matter-of-fact tone, the 21-year-old Derby man replied, “I do not.”
His next court appearance on the additional charge is set for Feb. 27.
The YMCA has said Gaston was a part-time employee for five years, more recently at the Downtown Kid Zone and before that at the East Kid Zone. The Kid Zone is an area within the Y where parents can leave their children while they exercise or take classes. It’s for children 6 weeks to 7 years old. After Gaston’s arrest, the Y issued a statement saying he had been fired and that “he is not permitted on YMCA premises.”
The statement continued: “We also want you to know that there are cameras in every Kid Zone. These cameras are recording whenever there is activity in the Kid Zone. In addition, during the time of the alleged incident at the Downtown YMCA, there were additional staff present in the Kid Zone.”
Late last week, a supervisor with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Oliver, said: “We are reviewing a significant amount of video data, and we have spread that across several detectives to learn as much information as soon as possible.”
Gaston also worked at Plymouth Learning Center, a church preschool at First and Clifton, in the College Hill neighborhood. His employment was “terminated on 10/9/17 due to one complaint of inappropriate touching,” according to a statement by Plymouth Congregational Church.