On 08 February 2018 Off. LaSanta met with the victims of a sexual assault that had occurred inside a home on the 100 blk. Howard Ave. A report was filed. The incident was referred to the department Special Investigations Unit for further investigation.
A 9 year old victim related that in the Fall of 2017 and again on 07 February 2018, Ansy Gaston committed various sex acts against her. There was a second victim that is 4 years of age. Gaston reportedly exposed himself to the children and did touch their faces with his genitals. After the victim's The victim's mother received a text communication from Gaston asking her to refrain from contacting law enforcement and withhold information in exchange for pecuniary benefit.
Det. Ryan Hockley filed a criminal complaint against Gaston before MDJ Richardson charging him with Corruption of Minors (F3), Indecent Assault (M1), Unlawful Contact With a Minor (F3), Indecent Exposure (M1), Intimidation of Witnesses or Victims (F3) and Criminal Attempt- Indecent Assault (F3).
Detectives attempted to locate Gaston at his last known address but he was not there. They received information that Gaston would be arriving in Boston on 09 February 2018 by mass transit. Boston Transit Police were notified and Gaston was arrested in Boston. Gaston is currently being held in Massachusetts as a Fugitive From Justice and is awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.
All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.