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'East Coast Rapist' Indicted In Prince William County

10:40 PM, Apr 3, 2012   |    comments
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MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) -- A grand jury has returned an eight count indictment against Aaron Thomas, known as the accused "East Coast Rapist," on Tuesday. 

Thomas has been charged with two counts of rape, three counts of abduction with intent to defile and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

His trial is set for July 31.

Thomas is accused of raping more than a dozen women from Virginia to Rhode Island over a period of 12 years. He is accused two rapes that happened in Woodbridge on Halloween night in 2009. In that case, three teenage girls were walking home from trick or treating when Thomas allegedly raped two of them at gunpoint in a wooded area.

Thomas was arrested in New Haven in March 2011 after authorities began tracking him and a cigarette butt from Thomas was used to make a DNA match, according to authorities. Thomas was transported to Virginia in November 2011

All of the attacks attributed to the East Coast Rapist occured at night. Authorities say he stalked and studied his victims in neighborhood he knew well. Thomas reportedly has family in Clarke County, Virginia and grew up in Berryville, Virginia. He went to high school in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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