WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Aaron Thomas, the alleged East Coast Rapist, has been indicted and could stand trial this summer for a series of sexual assaults up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

A grand jury in Prince William County, Va., returned an indictment Tuesday charging Thomas with abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters on Halloween 2009 and raping two of them at gunpoint.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said the indictment includes two counts of rape, three counts of abduction with intention to defile and three counts of use of a firearm during a commission of a felony.

A trial is scheduled for July 31.

Thomas was arrested last year in Connecticut and had been held there on charges connected to a 2007 sexual assault. But Connecticut officials agreed to extradite him to Virginia to face charges there first.

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