The daughter of the lone Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women for a decade says she is “disappointed” and “embarrassed” by her father’s alleged actions.
“[I’m] just mainly devastated about this whole situation,” Arlene Castro, 22, said today on ” Good Morning America.”
Arlene Castro said she had not spoken to her father, Ariel Castro, since “late last month” and had “no idea” that her father, a 52-year-old former school bus driver, could have been the man who allegedly kidnapped and held three women – Amanda Berry, 27, Michele Knight, 32, and Gina DeJesus, 23 – against their will for about a decade.
Ariel Castro was charged Wednesday with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.
“Me and my father were never really that close,” said Arlene Castro, who now lives in Indiana. “Every time we would talk it would just be short conversations, just a hello, how are you doing and let me know if you need anything and that was it.”
Police have made it clear they believe that each kidnap victim was “repeatedly sexually assaulted by the defendant,” and that the abuse occurred “during the entire course of captivity,” according to charging documents filed in court Wednesday.
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