Soldier who blamed twin brother for sex assaults pleads guilty

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A man whose defense attorneys tried to blame his twin brother for a series of sexual assaults pleaded guilty to the crimes Tuesday morning.

Aaron Lucas pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault on a child, three counts of child enticement and two counts of indecent exposure and one count of second-degree kidnapping.

Investigators said he is responsible for three assaults in June 2010 -- all of them involving young girls. One happened in the Colorado Springs area. The other two happened in Texas and Alabama.

"These children had the courage to tell their parents and the police what had happened to them and to help identify Aaron Lucas," said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Darby.

Lucas faces similar charges in Texas, but it appears any sentence he may have to serve would be served concurrently with the Colorado sentence.

The guilty pleas come with a minimum sentence of 2 to 6 years in prison and a maximum of life.  He will be sentenced in February.

"The families are very happy with the plea agreement," said prosecutors Kelsey Castin.

One of Lucas' defense attorneys Ted McClintock had argued that DNA evidence linking him to the crimes actually belonged to his twin brother, however it appears that Lucas wasn't in favor of this approach.

"He loves his family and wanted to do the right thing," McClintock said.

This story will be updated as more information arrives.



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