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Affidavit: Air Force Academy instructor thought he was texting 14-year-old girl

Posted at 10:14 AM, Apr 25, 2019
Paul Sikkema
Paul Sikkema (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY – News5 has obtained the arrest affidavit for Air Force Academy instructor Paul Sikkema who was arrested this week on a felony charge of Internet luring of a child in Arapahoe County.

According to the document, an officer for the sheriff’s office posed as a 14-year-old girl while using a website to chat with 28-year-old Sikkema.

The officer states the conversation later moved to text messages. Those messages include graphic commentary that began with Sikkema texting “Into older guys?”, “Are you a virgin?”, then evolved into descriptions of sexual acts, and included a request for her address.

The conversation allegedly took place on Jan. 21. The arrest affidavit states Sikkema was told the person he was texting is 14-year-old.

The arrest was made this Wednesday. Deputies tell News5 Paul Sikkema was booked into the Arapahoe County jail the same day. He is being held without bond.

The Air Force Academy’s website said Sikkema teaches ethics with the philosophy department. He’s taught at the academy since 2017. According to the USAFA website, he graduated from the academy in 2012.

A spokesperson for the Air Force Academy confirmed Sikkema worked as a professor there. He said the academy is working with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation.

Sikkema is expected to make his first court appearance today in Arapahoe County court.