|Prosecutor reveals depravity of American kidnap and rape suspect
An unemployed American, Ariel Castro appeared in a Cleveland, Ohio court today to faces charges that he kidnapped and raped three young women and held them in his home for a decade.
The 52-year-old (pictured in court) from Cleveland did not enter a plea and stood with his head bowed while the court set a bond of two US$2 million per case, effectively ensuring that he will remain in detention.
Police say the talked with both Castro, who is a former school bus driver, and the three women at length in building their case.
While they are not revealing many details, police do say the women were kept inside Castro's house for all but a few brief minutes over the last 10 years.--Agencies
He was presented to the court by public defender Kathleen DeMetz, who said he was "charged with kidnapping and rape on one charge, kidnapping and rape on the second, kidnapping and rape on the third, and kidnapping on the fourth.''
"With respect to bond on Mr Castro,'' she said. "Mr Castro is 52 years old.
"He has lived in the area for 39 years. He is on unemployment compensation and to the best of my knowledge, he has no convictions for felonies or serious misdemeanors,'' she said.
County prosecutor Brian Murphy said: "I would like to say that the charges against Mr Castro are based on premeditated decisions to snatch three young women from Cleveland's South Side streets.
"Two of the victims incurred a horrifying ordeal for more than a decade, a third for close to a decade, and the ordeal eventually resulted in a little girl believed to have been born to one of the women while in captivity.
"And also, along with captivity, there were repeated beatings. They were bound and restrained and sexually assaulted, basically never freed to leave this residence,'' he said.
Municipal court judge Lauren Moore set the bond terms and instructed that Castro was to have no contact with any of his alleged victims.
He was led away. Following the hearing DeMetz told reporters that Castro has been deemed a suicide risk and is to be placed on suicide watch when he is taken to the county jail later in the day.--AGENCIES