A Fort Carson officer has been arrested on investigation of sexual assault on a child and child luring in a string of crimes that dates back two years, Fountain police said.
1st Lt. Aaron G. Lucas of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division was held on several warrants after a task force tied him to crimes over a wide area, police said.
“Over the past several months, the Fountain Police Department has been investigating a pattern of incidents where Lucas exposed himself and lured or attempted to lure several young female victims, under the age of twelve to commit sexual acts with him,” police said in a news release.
Lucas was initially arrested on Oct. 23. After that arrest, Fountain detectives say they learned that several agencies in the area were investigating incidents that involved Lucas for similar crimes. A task force involving Colorado Springs El Paso County and Army investigators joined with Fountain in the ongoing case.
“The task force compared the details of each incident, finding that Lucas has 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 on Fort Carson,” Fountain police said in a news release.
Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joe Roybal described two of the incidents investigated by his agency.
"A nine year old female had been physically forced into a vehicle driven by a white, bald male. The victim was dropped off a short time later in a nearby neighborhood," Roybal wrote of the June 19 incident in Stratmoor Valley. "The incident was witnessed by the victim's friend."
On Oct. 16, a similar incident was reported in the same neighborhood.
"A seven year old female was approached by a white male as she was walking home from school," Roybal wrote. "The suspect made a sexual reference and grabbed the victim by the hand. The victim was able to pull away and ran to the safety of her home."
Lucas was due in 4th Judicial District Court for an initial hearing on charges in the case.
He was held at the El Paso County jail.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate whether Lucas was involved with more crimes.
“Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Fountain Police Department at 382-8555, the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 390-5555, or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP,” police said in a news release.