Child rape fugitive returned to Detroit after 11 years

A 41-year-old Detroit man who was on the U.S. Marshals Most Wanted Fugitives list and on the run for over a decade was returned to Detroit Thursday and arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a child.

Corey Deshawn Gaston, who was living in Mexico, has been charged with first-degree home invasion, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping on allegations that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl after kidnapping the child from her bedroom.

Corey Deshawn Gaston

Gaston was on bond when he fled 11 years ago after failing to appear in court for a pretrial hearing Feb. 2, 2008.

He was arrested Oct. 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service and held at a Chicago detention center starting Oct. 3.

Gaston was brought to the Wayne County Jail around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and arraigned before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards. The prosecution had requested that Gaston be denied bond  but he was given a $250,000 cash bond with conditions for a GPS tether and a referral to the Defendant Screening Unit if he is released.

Later Thursday, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said a hearing would be held Friday "for Judge Edwards to re-address the issue of bond in the Gaston case."  

Authorities said the attack on the girl occurred June 27, 2007. Gaston is accused of breaking into the child's home and kidnapping her through a bedroom window.

Gaston allegedly put the girl over his shoulder and ran to a nearby alley, where he threw her down and raped her, authorities allege.

After the attack, Gaston allegedly told her to go home and threatened to harm the child if she screamed or tried to flee, authorities said.

Gaston’s phone and DNA were allegedly found at the scene. 

U.S. Marshals tracked Gaston down in Georgia in 2007 and returned him to Michigan. He was given bond in August 2007 and fled before his trial was to begin in February 2008.

A docket conference is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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