Ariel Castro (WRDW-TV)
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The man convicted of imprisoning three women in his Cleveland home for a decade has apologized to his victims but also claims most of the sex was consensual.
Ariel Castro says he isn't a monster. He says he's sick and addicted to pornography. He says he didn't even plan the first kidnapping.
He says he knows what he did was wrong, but that he's not a violent person and that his captives asked for sex and weren't tortured.
The women described horrific conditions in the home, which Castro turned into a jury-rigged prison.
Castro spoke during his sentencing hearing Thursday where a judge could order him to serve life in prison plus 1,000 years.
The 53-year-old Castro pleaded guilty last week to 937 counts.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)