A former Fort Carson soldier was sentenced to 20 years to life for a series of sex offenses committed in Southern Colorado.
Authorities say Aaron Lucas exposed himself, then lured or attempted to lure girls under the age of 12 to commit sexual acts with him. He pleaded guilty late last year to four counts of sexual assault on a child, three counts of enticement of a child, two counts of indecent exposure, and one count of second-degree kidnapping.
During the two-year period authorities say Lucas committed the crimes, he was stationed at Fort Carson.
The case took an odd twist earlier this year when Lucas' identical twin brother, Brian, was arrested on similar charges in Alabama. Aaron Lucas had actually pinned the blame for his crimes on his twin at one point prior to his plea agreement, after his DNA was found on one of the victims.
In court Friday, Lucas apologized to his victims and claimed he was a changed man.
"In short, I'm sorry," Lucas said. "I wish I could sit in front of you and allow you to do whatever you wanted to do. Each of you of are brave, defending your children. I'm a father, I understand...I do take responsibility...I need to get help."
Lucas ended his statement by asking the judge to give him treatment "as fast as you can."