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East Coast Rapist Suspect Indicted In Loudoun Co.

1:02 PM, Mar 14, 2011   |    comments
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LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA) -- A grand jury in Loudoun Co. indicted Aaron Thomas, the suspected East Coast Rapist, for a May, 2001, attack.  He's charged with three felonies: Rape, Abduction with Intent to Defile, and Forcible Sodomy.

"This is a very satisfying time for the law enforcement community after years of intense investigation," Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman said in a press release. "While these investigations continue, we will now concentrate much of our effort on ensuring that Thomas is incapable of preying on further victims."

Thomas was taken into custody in Connecticut, March 4 after police set up a website and received a tip from the public. He's charged there with a 2007 attack in New Haven.

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Authorities believe he assaulted at least 17 women from Virginia to Rhode Island. Police say DNA confirmed Thomas is person they dubbed the East Coast Rapist.

Authorities in Prince William County also filed six felony charges against Thomas.

If convicted in Loudoun County, he faces up to three life sentences.

Law enforcement officials encourage members of the public with more information about the crimes to visit www.eastcoastrapist.com.

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