East Coast rape suspect pleads not guilty
New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) – The man accused of being the East Coast rapist entered a not guilty plea in a New Haven courtroom Tuesday.
Aaron Thomas is also being held for at least 17 other sexual assaults on women from Virginia to Connecticut. The 39-year-old Thomas spent enough time in court Tuesday morning to plead not guilty to a charge of raping a New Haven women in 2007.
Prosecutors say he broke into the victim’s home and sexually assaulted her as her baby slept nearby in the same room. That’s just one in a series of sexual assaults Thomas is accused of committing dating back to 1997 from Virginia to Connecticut.
His arrest came on March 4th in New Haven, just days after the FBI put up billboards in several states, complete with a description and sketch of the man dubbed by authorities as the ‘East Coast Rapist’.
Ironically, Thomas was arrested after police connected DNA from a cigarette he tossed in a trash can in New Haven to the assaults.
On Tuesday the Associated Press, citing officials with direct knowledge of the case, say Thomas has told police he began sexually assaulting women as far back as 1991, at the age of 19.
Thomas, who has told police he has a ‘Jekyl and Hyde’ personality when in comes to women, and reportedly asked authorities ‘What took you so long’ when he was finally apprehended. he is due for another court appearance on April 27th.
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