Ariel Castro Indicted on 329 Counts of Rape, Kidnapping

The man accused of holding three women against their will for almost 10 years has been indicted on 329 counts including kidnapping, rape and murder for allegedly forcing one of the women to abort her own children.

A Cuyahoga County, OH jury indicted Ariel Castro on Friday. Castro’s attorneys have said he will plead not guilty to the charges being brought against him.

"Today’s indictments represent a first major step in the criminal justice process," said County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty at a news conference. "Our investigation continues, and we will present our findings to the grand jury."

Castro, 52, is being accused of kidnapping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and holding them captive along with a 6-year-old girl he fathered with Berry.