Bond stays at $3M for alleged Craigslist rapist

WOODSTOCK – Bond will remain at $3 million for a man accused of raping women he met through Craigslist, while prosecutors say more charges are on the way.

Charles Oliver, 45, of 407 W. Greenwood Ave., Woodstock, is awaiting trial on multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful restraint. He would need to post $300,000 to be released from McHenry County Jail.

Oliver has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on Friday rejected Oliver’s request to reduce his bond to $500,000.

There are five alleged victims, most of whom live outside McHenry County. Many were either prostitutes or escorts. Oliver is said to have met the women online and drove them to his Woodstock home, where police found multiple stacks of videos with thousands of images of unknown women engaged in sex acts, many of which do not appear consensual, Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein has said.

Oliver’s defense attorney, Mark Facchini, said the videos don’t depict any force or threat of bodily harm.

“Not a single woman has a single injury to corroborate the stories they’re telling to the police,” he said.

But Eisenstein said the assaults happened before the camera started rolling. The women were beaten, tied up and shoved around, and were “cooperating out of fear of what could happen if they didn’t cooperate.”

Oliver paid the women in exchange for sex, lent them money or paid their traffic tickets, Facchini said. He pointed out that the women initially lied to police about how they met Oliver.

Eisenstein said she expects additional charges to be filed within the next few weeks. A new alleged victim told police that she was raped in the same manner as the others.

After the alleged attack, Oliver found the woman’s mother on Facebook, where he made more threats, Eisenstein said.

In the other cases, Oliver is said to have threatened to kill or shame the victims. He made copies of the women’s identification, or said 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.

Oliver also is charged with harassing a witness. After his initial release in January, he was charged with allegedly harassing the boyfriend of one of the alleged victims.

No trial date has been set. Oliver faces between 95 and 120 years in prison if found guilty. His next court date is Aug. 30.

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