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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:57 pm | Updated: 11:43 pm, Thu May 9, 2013.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor in Cleveland says the three women who were missing for about a decade until they were found Monday in the home of Ariel Castro had been beaten repeatedly and sexually assaulted.

Brian Murphy is accusing Castro of using the women "in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit."

Castro appeared in court this morning for arraignment on charges of rape and kidnapping. Bond was set at $8 million. He looked down at the floor for nearly the entire hearing, and didn't speak.

Investigators say the women endured a decade in captivity inside a dingy home where they were raped and were allowed outside only a handful of times. One of them gave birth to a daughter.

Police say the women were apparently bound by ropes and chains at times and were kept in different rooms.

Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping -- covering the captives and the daughter -- and three counts of rape.

A public defender who represented him in court today said he would be transferred from a city jail medical unit, and would probably be under suicide watch while at the county jail.

She says he didn't have a chance to talk to his two brothers, who were arrested and were then cleared without charges.

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200-c-14-(Mike Householder, AP correspondent)-"him time served"-AP correspondent Mike Householder reports that Ariel Castro's two older brothers have not been charged in the kidnapping case. (9 May 2013)

<<CUT *200 (05/09/13)>> 00:14 "him time served"

201-c-16-(Mike Householder, AP correspondent)-"of serious crimes"-AP correspondent Mike Householder reports Ariel Castro avoided all contact with those in the audience during his arraignment. (9 May 2013)

<<CUT *201 (05/09/13)>> 00:16 "of serious crimes"

205-a-12-(Kathleen DeMetz, public defender, Ariel Castro's attorney, with reporters)-"to put on"-Ariel Castro's attorney Kathleen DeMetz says she will not speculate as to Castro's defense. ((note, last word in cue is clipped)) (9 May 2013)

<<CUT *205 (05/09/13)>> 00:12 "to put on"

203-a-06-(Kathleen DeMetz, public defender, Ariel Castro's attorney, with reporters)-"is not uncommon"-Ariel Castro's attorney Kathleen DeMetz says her client tried to avoid contact in court. (9 May 2013)

<<CUT *203 (05/09/13)>> 00:06 "is not uncommon"

GRAPHICSBANK: ARIEL CASTRO appears in Cleveland Municipal court charged with kidnapping and rape in connection with his allegedly holding 3 women captive for 10 years, Cleveland, Ohio, finished graphic (9 May 2013)

APPHOTO OHDD104: Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges. (AP Photo/David Duprey) (9 May 2013)

<<APPHOTO OHDD104 (05/09/13)>>

APPHOTO OHTD116: A girl adds a balloon outside the home of Gina DeJesus Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Cleveland. Ariel Castro, the man accused of raping and kidnapping DeJesus and 2 other women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (9 May 2013)

<<APPHOTO OHTD116 (05/09/13)>>

APPHOTO NYDD114: The house is shown where three women were held in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges.(AP Photo/David Duprey) (9 May 2013)

<<APPHOTO NYDD114 (05/09/13)>>

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