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Thomas Enters New Guilty Pleas in East Coast Rapes

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credit: Prince William County Police

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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, Conn., pleaded guilty Friday in Manassas 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 the “East Coast 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.

He faces up to life in prison.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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