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Ariel Castro officially charged

Ariel Castro (Source:CPD) Ariel Castro (Source:CPD)

Charges were officially handed down Wednesday against Ariel Castro, three days after three women were found in his house.

Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, all first degree felonies.

The charges were announced by City Prosecutor Victor Perez at Public Hall on Lakeside Avenue.

Amanda Berry, her daughter, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found in a house on Seymour Avenue Monday afternoon.

Berry was heard by a neighbor screaming for help. The neighbor, Charles Ramsey, helped free Berry and her six-year old daughter.

At Wednesday's news conference Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the women only left the house two times in 10 years. Both times they went from the house to the garage, and they were in disguise.

Meantime Ariel's brothers, Onil Castro and Pedro Castro, will not face any charges at this time. 

Authorities say Onil and Pedro were arrested only because they were with Ariel at the time of his arrest. Both brothers currently have outstanding warrants in other cases.

All three will make their first court appearance Thursday morning.

To read a list of the official charges CLICK HERE.

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