UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -- A Connecticut man serving multiple life sentences for a series of sexual assaults has appeared remotely in a Prince George's County court.
Aaron Thomas was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree rape and other offenses, appearing in court via closed circuit television.
Thomas is accused of being the "East Coast Rapist" for a series of assaults over more than a decade from Rhode Island to Virginia.
He was sentenced in March to multiple life terms in Virginia for crimes including the abduction and rapes of teenage trick-or-treaters in 2009.
That same month, he was indicted in Prince George's County for assaults that occurred between 1997 and 2001.
He faces a status hearing on Aug. 16 and will remain at the county detention center for the duration of the case.
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