Police: Repeat child molester poses as teen, lures Grand Junction boy into car

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKTV) - A quick-thinking teen activated an emergency alert on his cellphone after a man lured him into a car Thursday night.

The boy told Grand Junction police he had thought he was meeting with a fellow teen when he went to the area of Hayes Drive and Miranda Street Thursday night. He said he met the "teen" on social media messaging app Kik, messaged back and forth with him for a few days, and then arranged a meetup. But when he got to the decided upon meetup spot, it wasn't a 14-year-old boy waiting for him, but a 47-year-old man. Police say the man called the victim by name and told him to get in the car.

The teen did so, but not before turning on his phone's panic alarm.

Sister station KKCO reports that when officers reached the scene 13 minutes later, they found the man and boy inside a parked car with tinted windows. The man was ordered out of the vehicle and promptly arrested.

The suspect has been identified as repeat child molester Aaron Scott Smith, whose criminal history includes multiple convictions for sexual crimes against children.

In Thursday's incident, Smith faces charges of internet luring of a child, first-degree kidnapping, enticement of a child, sexual assault on a child, unlawful sexual contact without consent and obstructing a police officer.