Man charged with rape at YMCA to stand trial

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A 31-year-old man charged with rape at the downtown YMCA in Wichita was in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Back in May, police arrested suspect Keith Magoon. He was charged with one count of rape and four counts of aggravated sexual battery.

A woman who supervised the girls, who lived at the Wichita Children’s Home, says the girls told her there was a “creepy man” in the pool on May 8 of this year.

One of the teen girls testified Magoon touched her in private places.

The supervisor from the Children’s Home testified she took the girls to the downtown YMCA for a day at the pool. She also talked about one of the girls being in the pool next to Magoon.

“She said he was touching on them and saying inappropriate things,” said the supervisor.

District Attorney Marc Bennett brought the girls to testify in the preliminary hearing for Magoon.

Defense attorneys said there was a game of “keep away” between the girls and Magoon.

“The purpose of the touching is that he was looking for his watch so, judge, I do not think the state has met its burden,” argued Public Defender Mark Hartman.

Investigators say Magoon assaulted the teenage girls in the pool area while there were other people around that day.

In court, those victims recounted what happened that day. They claim Magoon was playing a game of keep away with a wristwatch, but they say he began grabbing them. One witness says she was groped several times. A second witness cried telling her story to a judge.

The defense told the court that there was video from the pool that day.

Public defender Hartman argued in closing statements that Magoon was only trying to get his wristwatch back and that it was a game.

KSN reached out the the YMCA. The YMCA offered a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those involved. We will continue to cooperate with authorities and work to ensure the safety and well-being of all those¬†we serve,” said Sean Amore, VP of Marketing for the Greater Wichita YMCA.

Judge Christopher Magana decided there was enough evidence to proceed and Magoon was bound over for trial on two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of rape. Motions for a trial are set for August 12.

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