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Suspect in East Coast rapes arraigned in Virginia

Suspect in East Coast rapes arraigned in Va. court following extradition from Connecticut By The Associated Press

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) ' A Connecticut man who police believe is responsible for a series of sexual assaults along the East Coast has been arraigned in Virginia on charges of raping two teenage trick-or-treaters on Halloween in 2009.

Forty-year-old Aaron Thomas was extradited Tuesday from Connecticut to Virginia and made an initial appearance Wednesday morning in Prince William County's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Asked if he understood the charges against him, Thomas replied "No," and asked for a court-appointed attorney.

A preliminary hearing was set for January.

Prosecutor Paul Ebert said he sought to try Thomas first because the charges against him in this jurisdiction are especially heinous.

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