Ft. Carson Soldier Pleads Guilty To Sex Assault On A Child

A Fort Carson soldier has pleaded guilty to several charges.

As part of a plea deal, Aaron Lucas has pleaded guilty 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.

He could face up to life in prison, with a minimum sentence of at least 20 years.

Lucas was arrested on October 23, 2012 in connection to a series of sex offenses allegedly committed over the last two years in Fountain, Colorado Springs and unincorporated El Paso County.

The Fountain Police Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office learned through the course of the last several months that each agency was investigating similar sexual crimes committed against young girls in their area, dating back to the summer of 2010 when Lucas first was stationed at Fort Carson.

According to authorities, Lucas was allegedly exposing himself, then luring or attempting to lure girls under the age of 12 to commit sexual acts with him.

After his DNA was found on one of the victims, he tried to blame his twin brother.

"The evil twin argument, as we've called it," Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Darby commented.

Tuesday's plea agreement means none of the child victims will have to testify against Lucas, something the district attorney's office says is a relief for their families.

"The families are very happy with the plea agreement," Deputy District Attorney Kelsen Castain said. "They're happy that Mr. Lucas, a dangerous predator, is not going to be on our streets anywhere. And that their children are not going to have to testify against him."