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Rape Suspect: What Took You So Long To Find Me?

In this courtroom drawing, Aaron Thomas, stands before a judge with officers and public defender Joseph Lopez, in New Haven, Conn., on March 7, 2011. i i

In this courtroom drawing, Aaron Thomas, stands before a judge with officers and public defender Joseph Lopez, in New Haven, Conn., on March 7, 2011. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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In this courtroom drawing, Aaron Thomas, stands before a judge with officers and public defender Joseph Lopez, in New Haven, Conn., on March 7, 2011.

In this courtroom drawing, Aaron Thomas, stands before a judge with officers and public defender Joseph Lopez, in New Haven, Conn., on March 7, 2011.

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The man alleged to be the violent East Coast Rapist appeared in a Connecticut courtroom Monday to face counts of sexual assault, burglary and risk of injury to a minor. Aaron Thomas is suspected of committing between 12 and 17 rapes, preying on teenagers and women caring for babies. The Hartford Courant says Aaron Thomas asked police "what took you so long to get me?" Connecticut prosecutors add Thomas remarked he had a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality when it came to women."

The Washington Post talks to the detectives who interviewed Thomas:

What they found instead was a mild, passive, talkative and even weak man, according to several law enforcement officials. Serial rape suspect Aaron H. Thomas talked about "uncontrollable urges" that he said led him to commit the crimes but did not indicate any sense of responsibility for more than a dozen attacks allegedly linked to him by DNA he left behind, the officials said.

Reuters says Virginia authorities suspect Thomas may be responsible for as many as 12 additional rapes, over 14 years. They're looking at assault records from Vermont to Georgia and fear many rapes linked to the suspect were never reported.

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