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May 9, 2013 5:35 PM by NBC News

Calls for privacy as kidnapping victims adjust to their freedom

(NBC News) The man accused of kidnapping three women and imprisoning them in his Cleveland home for ten years had his first court appearance Thursday.

Standing silently and with his head bowed, Ariel Castro heard the charges read against him: Four counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape against Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.

Bond is set at $2 million per case.

His brothers Pedro and Onil Castro, who were also arrested Monday night, were arraigned on unrelated misdemeanors. Based on interviews with the women, investigators don't believe the brothers had knowledge of the kidnappings and they've been released from jail.

Instead, it appears Ariel Castro led a double life.

When Gina DeJesus disappeared, he joined the search and comforted her family.

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