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Conn. man pleads guilty to more cases linked to East Coast rapes, faces up to life in prison

A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to two more rapes that authorities attribute to a serial rapist who attacked at least 17 women along the East Coast for more than a decade.

Aaron Thomas, of New Haven, pleaded guilty Friday in Manassas, Va., to abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters and raping two of them on Halloween 2009.

Those attacks were the last in a string of assaults that police attributed to one rapist. A multi-state manhunt ended last year with Thomas' arrest.

On Thursday, Thomas for the first time entered a guilty plea to the attacks when he admitted raping a Leesburg woman in 2001.

All 17 cases are linked by DNA evidence. Other assaults occurred in Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Thomas faces up to life in prison.

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