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Suspect In Rape Cases Due Back In Conn. Court

Aaron Thomas, dubbed the East Coast Rapist by law enforcement, leaves New Haven Superior Court after his arraignment in New Haven, Conn., Monday, March 7, 2011. Thomas is suspected in the sexual assault of at least 17 women from Virginia to Rhode Island over 12 years.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Aaron Thomas, dubbed the East Coast Rapist by law enforcement, leaves New Haven Superior Court after his arraignment in New Haven, Conn., Monday, March 7, 2011. Thomas is suspected in the sexual assault of at least 17 women from Virginia to Rhode Island over 12 years. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man awaiting trial on charges in a series of rapes and other attacks along the East Coast is due back in court.

Aaron Thomas is scheduled to appear Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court. He has been held since his March 4 arrest on charges of rape and other offenses in New Haven.

Authorities say DNA confirms he is responsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women from Virginia to Connecticut. He is charged with three rapes in Virginia and one in Connecticut.

Thomas has pleaded not guilty in Connecticut.

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