CLEVELAND-- Notorious rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro has been transferred to a prison south of Columbus and is now in protective custody.
Castro, 53, was sentenced to life in prison without parole last Thursday.
He admitted to kidnapping and raping three women: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, and holding them hostage for about ten years inside his Seymour Avenue home on the city's near west side.
Department of Corrections officials said Castro was transferred on Monday from the Lorain Correctional Institution to a prison in Orient, Ohio about twenty miles south of Columbus.
Castro is now being held in protective custody, meaning he is in a cell alone, and eats in his cell as well.
Corrections officials say high-profile inmates are often put into protective custody - in part, to help ensure the safety of the prison facilities.
There is no timetable for when Castro will be transferred out of protective custody.
Corrections officials said they make that decision on a case-by-case basis.