CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro admitted at a court hearing on Thursday that he was a sick man but said he is not the monster described by prosecutors as abducting and persecuting three women for years.

Castro delivered a rambling statement to the court. He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison.

Castro said he makes no excuses for his behavior, which he said was "wrong."

(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Writing by Greg McCune)