Prosecutors: Woodstock man may have more victims from Craiglist
WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man accused of raping women, often prostitutes or escorts he met through Craigslist, may have 20 as-yet-unidentified victims, prosecutors said.
Charles R. Oliver, 44, of 407 W. Greenwood Ave., is charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, as well as kidnapping and unlawful restraint. There are five known victims, Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said.
At a bond hearing Tuesday, Judge Sharon Prather increased Oliver's bond to $3 million after prosecutors outlined the allegations against him. It had originally been set at $300,000 after he was first arrested.
Oliver initially was arrested in January and posted bond, but was charged in February with harassing the boyfriend of one of the alleged victims. Additional victims also were identified, police said.
After appearing at a scheduled court date Friday, Oliver again was taken into custody as part of being served with warrants for additional charges.
Taking into account money he already has posted, he must post an additional $255,000 to be released.
At Oliver's home, police found multiple stacks of videos with thousands of images of unknown women engaged in sex acts, many of which do not appear consensual, Eisenstein said.
She mentioned one victim who appeared on tape whimpering, scared and crying. He also allegedly told one woman that he didn't have to listen to her because he paid her.
Eisenstein said Oliver, who sometimes used the name "Steve," often would take the women to his basement to tell them "the rules." At least one woman said he tied her to a chair with zip ties.
Oliver would make copies of the women's identification, or say that he had, in order to tell them he knew where they lived. He also blackmailed one woman by texting her images of the assault, Eisenstein said, and often told them that he had connections to police or was a firefighter.
Oliver said he was never popular with girls and that "now it's a control thing," according to Eisenstein. He also allegedly said that he solicits prostitutes one to two times a week and that it's "a problem" for him.
Eisenstein said Oliver faces between 95 and 120 years in prison if convicted.
His next court date is April 12.