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Suspected 'East Coast rapist' arraigned in Prince George's County

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Published on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

By Jim Davis

Alleged “East Coast rapist” Aaron Thomas appeared for his initial arraignment July 12 in an Upper Marlboro courtroom.

Thomas, 40, was indicted on six counts of first-degree rape in March for alleged attacks between February 1997 and August 2007 in Prince George’s County. He is facing 54 total counts.

Although he is serving five life sentences for convictions on similar charges in Virginia, State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said it is important Thomas be prosecuted for his alleged crimes in Prince George’s County.

“We have six victims who are looking for closure and the ability to put these horrible events behind them and move on with their lives,

“It is important,” Alsobrooks said, “that we help them heal from these incidents and that we send a message to all would-be criminals that if you commit a crime in our county, regardless of what charges you may be facing elsewhere, we will hold you accountable for your actions and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

A status hearing is set for Aug. 16. Thomas is being held at the county detention center in Upper Marlboro, where he will remain for the duration of the case.

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