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Cleveland man arraigned on rape, kidnapping charges

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CLEVELAND, OH (WKOW) -- A Cleveland man has been arraigned on charges of rape and kidnapping days after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.

Ariel Castro appeared in court Thursday morning. He looked down at the ground while lawyers spoke to the judge. Bond was set at $2 million on each case.

Police say they've talked with both Castro, who is a former school bus driver, and the three women at length in building their case.

While they're 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.

The three women, Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004 and were found Monday Berry screamed for help to escape and contacted police.

Castro's daughter, Arlene Castro, spoke with Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos Thursday morning. "I would have to say I'm really disappointed, embarrassed, mainly devastated about this whole situation," Arlene said.

She said she wasn't really close with her father and had no idea this was going on inside of his house. Arlene Castro was reportedly the last person to see Gina DeJesus before she went missing. They were best friends at the time.

"I would like to say I am absolutely so, so sorry," Arlene said during the interview. "I really want to see you, Gina, and I want you to meet my kids. I'm so sorry for everything."

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