New Boston, Texas: A jury was chosen Tuesday at the Bowie County courthouse in the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and molesting a Texarkana, Texas, 7-year-old in 2009.
Aaron Gregory Lucas, 35, is currently serving a sentence of 20 years to life for similar crimes in Colorado. Before pleading guilty in Colorado in 2009, Aaron Lucas blamed his identical twin, the only person with the same genetic profile. DNA from the Colorado convictions allegedly matches DNA collected from the girl in the 2009 case in Bowie County, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The alleged victim was snatched from behind at a playground on 15th Street in Texarkana, Texas, and driven to a shopping center on New Boston Road nearby. There the girl alleges her life was threatened and she was sexually assaulted in the back seat of a car. The girl reported that she was returned to the playground following the attack Dec. 19, 2009.
In 2013, investigators in Texarkana were notified that DNA they’d put in the national database years before that was collected during an exam of the local girl in 2009 is a match to Aaron Lucas’ DNA. Aaron Lucas was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping in December.
The probable cause affidavit also notes that the DNA from the Texarkana victim matches DNA collected from a victim in Alabama. Interestingly, the brother Aaron Lucas tried to blame his Colorado crimes on is currently serving time in an Alabama prison for inappropriate contact with the 16-year-old daughter of a friend, according to news reports. Brian Lucas was sentenced to three years in prison by an Alabama jury.
The Texarkana victim allegedly picked Aaron Lucas’ photo from a lineup in 2013. If convicted of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child in Texas, Aaron Lucas faces five to 99 years or life on each charge.