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DNA links soldier arrested in Colo. to Madison sex crime


The Alabama soldier arrested in Colorado on kidnapping and other charges in November 2012, is back in custody on charges out of Madison, Alabama.

Aaron Lucas was taken into custody in El Paso County, Colorado, Wednesday afternoon on Fort Carson. Lucas was arrested on charges stemming from a 2007 Madison case. The charges on the warrant were enticing a child and sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age.

He was booked into the Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs without bond as a fugitive from justice.

Lucas was first arrested on October 23, 2012, in connection with an El Paso County, Colorado kidnapping case and a separate enticement of a child case, each from 2012, as well as for his connection to similar cases from other Colorado jurisdictions.

Madison investigators said  DNA evidence links Lucas to a December 2007 case where a six-year-old girl was abducted after getting off her school bus. The attacker then molested her and dropped her off near her home after the attack.

Investigators took DNA evidence at that time, but an arrest was not made.

When Lucas was arrested in Colorado, investigators took a sample of his DNA and ran it through a database. They got a hit on the 2007 case in Madison, and notified Alabama authorities two to three weeks ago.

Madison Police said they don't currently have any more victims, but they aren't ruling out the possibility.

Investigators contacted the Madison victim's family to alert them to the arrest. It's unclear if they still live in North Alabama.

Officials said he will be tried in Colorado before he is extradited to Madison County. They said extradition is costly, so they do not want to bring him to Alabama and then have to send him back to Colorado for trial.

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