Air Force Academy instructor arrested in online sting operation, thought he was messaging a 14 year old girl.

Published: Apr. 24, 2019 at 10:38 AM MDT
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UPDATED 04/25: The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office has now released details into why an Air Force instructor was arrested.

Paul Sikkema's affidavit reports he was messaging and texting a deputy posing as a 14 year old girl in January.

Those messages started on a website. Sikkema reportedly asked the person he thought was a 14 year old girl if she was "into older guys" and asked "are you a virgin?"

He allegedly than began describing sexual acts he wished to do with the 14 year old girl and asked for her address.

Deputies were able to charge him with luring a child because the fictional girl was 14, and he reportedly described explicit sexual conduct he was hoping to engage in, and also tried to persuade her to meet up to have sex.

Sikkema was called by investigators Tuesday, and turned himself Wednesday morning.


An AIr Force Academy instructor is behind bars on charges of luring a child over the internet. He reportedly turned himself in to authorities.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office confirmed U.S. Air Force Captain Paul Sikkema was arrested. According to the Academy's website, he works in the philosophy department teaching ethics.

The sheriff's office is crediting their Crimes Against Children unit for the arrest. The crime is a class 4 felony.

"He [Sikkema] will certainly be afforded a due process and he is innocent until proven guilty," Air Force Academy Superintendent Jay B. Silveria explained. "But we will maintain the highest standards of accountability."