Alleged 'East Coast Rapist' rejects deal

Nov. 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM   |   Comments

MANASSAS, Va., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Aaron Thomas, called the "East Coast Rapist" by authorities, declined a plea deal in a Virginia court, saying he did not know "right or wrong."

Thomas, 41, was scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday in Prince William County Circuit Court to two charges of rape and three charges of abduction in a 2009 attack on three teenagers, but stood before Judge Mary Grace O'Brien and said, "I don't know which way is right or wrong. I'm not sure if I know what I'm doing," The Washington Post reported.

Thomas is suspected of committing at least a dozen rapes and other attacks in the Washington area and along the East Coast, investigators said, and in a newspaper interview published Sunday admitted his responsibility in the crimes.

Prince George County, Md., police have linked five rapes to Thomas, a truck driver, between 1997 and 2001, who could face additional trials in Virginia, Maryland and Connecticut where he allegedly attacked women, the newspaper said.

Declining the plea deal will likely lead to Thomas' trial in January, the newspaper said.

Prosecutor Paul Ebert, who said he had intended to drop three firearms charges against Thomas and hoped to spare victims from testifying in a trial, said he did not know why Thomas declined the arrangement.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
China questions Americanism in SATs
Sen. Mary Landrieu uses mom's home as Louisiana address
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
Trending News