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Police to interview another possible victim of alleged Craigslist rapist

WOODSTOCK – Police have so far heard from just one additional woman in the case of alleged rapist Charles Oliver, contrary to reports from other media sources today saying multiple women had come forward since the original charges went public.

Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen said this evening that police would interview a woman involved in what appears to be a related incident on Thursday afternoon.

Charles R. Oliver, 44, of 407 W. Greenwood Ave., Woodstock, has so far been charged in the rape of five women, including escorts and prostitutes he met through Craigslist. Prosecutors have said that as many as 20 unidentified victims are possible.

A report this afternoon claimed that multiple women had come forward since initial media reports, and used a direct quote from a Woodstock Police Department representative.

Lowen said the representative told him that he hadn't been misquoted, but Lowen said that when he "pressed" the staff member, he confirmed that there was only one woman who had come forward.

"I know we're hoping that more come forward, but as yet that has not occurred," Lowen said.

Oliver posted bond after his initial arrest in January, but he was charged in February with harassing the boyfriend of one of the alleged victims. Police also identified additional victims.

Oliver's bond was increased to $3 million at a hearing Tuesday. Taking into account his previous bond payment, he must post $255,000 to be released.

He is charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, as well as kidnapping and unlawful restraint.

Police found stacks of videos of unknown women engaged in what often appear to be non-consensual sex acts at Oliver's home, Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said.

Although others have done so, Lowen said he was hesitant to base a number of potential remaining victims on those images.

"We don't even know definitely if those were victims from his things, or collections, or what have you," he said.

Oliver faces between 95 and 120 years in prison if convicted, Eisenstein said.

His next court date is April 12.

– Northwest Herald reporter Sarah Sutschek contributed to this report.

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