Madison police have linked DNA evidence from a 2007 case involving the sexual assult of a young girl to a soldier in Colorado already facing 23 charges involving sex crimes against young girls.
Aaron Gregory Lucas, 31, is facing new charges associated with the Madison case that include Enticing a Child and Sexual Abuse of a Child Less Than 12 Years of Age. He is a First Lieutenant with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Carson Army Base.
Police said that on December 17, 2007 a young girl was coaxed into a vehicle by an unknown offender shortly after getting off of a school bus in Madison. The offender, who sexually assaulted the juvenile victim, later abandoned her in the area where he originally enticed her into his car. Detectives with the Madison City Police Department were able to collect DNA evidence and submit it to the CODIS National Database.
“Recently through CODIS, the national sex offender database, we received a hit for Lucas who was already on probation for similar crimes,” explained Madison Police Captain John Stringer.
Stringer says once Madison Police received confirmation through the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences linking DNA evidence to Lucas, they obtained warrants and were able to transfer confirmation to law enforcement agents in Colorado.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with authorities on Fort Carson to have Lucas located and taken into custody. He has been booked into the Criminal Justice Center on no bond as a Fugitive from Justice.
Lucas faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault on a child, enticement of a child and indecent exposure in Colorado. The crimes allegedly happened in the Fountain, Colorado Springs and El Paso County areas of Colorado.
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.
Court records show Lucas is free on $730,000 bond. An Army spokesman told KKTV Lucas is back on duty at Fort Carson and that officials are taking legal and prudent measures to ensure public safety.
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 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.