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New Haven Man Pleads Guilty To Two More Attacks in “East Coast Rapist” Case

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) _ A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to two more rapes that authorities attribute to a serial rapist who attacked at least 17 women along the East Coast for more than a decade.

Aaron Thomas, of New Haven, pleaded guilty Friday in Manassas, Va., to abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters and raping two of them on Halloween 2009.

Those attacks were the last in a string of assaults that police attributed to one rapist. A multi-state manhunt ended last year with Thomas’ arrest.

On Thursday, Thomas for the first time entered a guilty plea to the attacks when he admitted raping a Leesburg woman in 2001.

All 17 cases are linked by DNA evidence. Other assaults occurred in Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Thomas faces up to life in prison.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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