COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (WHNT) - A man from Madison County stationed in Colorado has been arrested in what police are calling a series of sex offenses that allegedly happened over the past two years.
Aaron Gregory Lucas, 31, is charged with kidnapping, sexual assault on a child, enticement of a child and indecent exposure. The crimes allegedly happened in the Fountain, Colorado Springs and El Paso County areas of Colorado. Lucas was stationed at Fort Carson.
Several agencies say Lucas exposed himself and lured, or attempted to lure, several young females, under the age of 12, to commit sexual acts with him.
The Fountain Police Department said as its investigators looked into the case, they learned other agencies were also looking into the same type of offense, including the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Due to the number of incidents, the agencies formed a task force, which also included the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division.
The task force compared the details of each case, and said these showed Lucas had been involved in a pattern of sex offenses involving young girls dating back to the summer of 2010 when he arrived in Colorado and was stationed at Fort Carson.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said two specific incidents came to light. On June 19, 2012, their office responded to a report of a child abduction in Stratmoor Valley. A 9-year-old girl had been forced into a vehicle driven by a white, bald male. The man dropped off the girl a short time later in a nearby neighborhood. A friend of the girl witnessed this.
On October 16, 2012, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office responded to the Stratmoor Hills area on a report of enticement of a child. A 7-year-old girl said a white male approached her as she was walking home from school. Investigators say the suspect made a sexual reference and grabbed the girl's hand. She was able to get away, though, and ran home.
The girl described the suspect as a skinny, bald, white male, approximately 5'10", and between 30 to 40 years old.
One man said Lucas attempted to approach his two young daughters earlier this year, asking the girls if they wanted ice cream.
"They all know how to pretty much come check with Dad and Mom you know, before they do anything," said the concerned father. "When they did come up to check, he [Lucas] was pretty much gone
After the joint investigation by the task force, Aaron Lucas was arrested. He is being held in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on $2,050,000 bond.