Army Officer Drops ‘Twin Defense’ for Sexual Assault

Man finally pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an 8-year-old

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This booking photo released by the Colorado Springs Police Department shows Army 1st Lt. Aaron G. Lucas, of Alabama.

An Army officer who blamed his identical twin brother for sexually assaulting several underage girls retracted his story and pled guilty Tuesday, NBC reports.

First Lieutenant Aaron Gregory Lucas, an artillery officer stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado pled guilty to charges of kidnapping, sexual assault on a minor and indecent exposure, among other charges, a spokesperson for the El Paso County district attorney’s office said. When Lucas, 32, was initially linked to the crimes through DNA evidence, he blamed his twin brother, who shares his DNA, for the assault and pled not guilty to exposing himself to nearly a dozen girls and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old.

But a district court judge ruled that Lucas’ lawyers could not use the mistaken identity defense since it was not backed up by evidence. Lucas will serve 20 years in prison as per a plea agreement he reached with prosecutors.