Rape suspect to stand trial

MANASSAS, VA (WWBT) - Graphic testimony today in the case of the man accused of being the East Coast Rapist.

Police say Aaron Thomas confessed that he raped two teenage trick-or-treaters in Virginia in 2009. Thomas was in court in Manassas for a preliminary hearing.

All along, investigators have been saying DNA links the 40-year-old to attacks on 17 women from Virginia to Connecticut.

The three girls he allegedly abducted - two of whom were raped - testified in graphic detail about what happened.

A police sergeant also testified that Thomas confessed to the Halloween rapes after his arrest, but only after complaining that a police sketch failed to depict him properly.

The judge found Thomas competent to stand trial after a court-ordered evaluation concluded that he was faking insanity.

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