‘East Coast Rapist’ suspect due in court

A man suspected in a series of rapes along the East Coast is due back in a Connecticut court for his arraignment.

Aaron Thomas is scheduled to appear Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court on a charge that he raped a woman in New Haven in 2007.

His attorney, public defender Joseph Lopez, says Thomas will plead not guilty.

Thomas was arrested March 4 in his hometown of New Haven after authorities say DNA confirmed he was the so-called East Coast Rapist responsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women since 1997 from Virginia to Connecticut.

The 39-year-old Thomas has been charged so far with the rape in Connecticut and three rapes in Virginia.

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