Additional charges filed against alleged Craigslist rapist

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 12:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 11:26 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A sixth woman has come forward alleging that Charles R. Oliver beat and sexually assaulted her.

Additional charges were filed Tuesday against Oliver, 45, who already is awaiting trial on multiple charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful restraint.

Oliver, 45, is said to have met the women – many of whom were escorts or prostitutes – on Craigslist or other websites.

Police said he then took them to his home at 407 W. Greenwood Ave. in Woodstock where they were tied up or beaten and raped.

With the new allegations, Oliver’s bond was increased to $3.5 million.
McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on Friday rejected his request to reduce his bond.

The newest alleged victim has made similar allegations about her encounter with Oliver, Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said at Friday’s bond hearing.

The woman said she met Oliver in November through an escort service and that he tied her up, pushed her down stairs and forced her to have sex with him.

The woman reported it to Loves Park police by December.

Oliver initially was arrested in January, and more charges were added in February.
His defense attorney, Mark Facchini, said the timing of the latest allegations is suspicious.

“This has been spread all over the Internet and media. It’s not surprising that a victim came forward,” he said at the bond hearing, adding Wednesday that the woman came forward “after the media blitz, after seeing him on television.”

During the investigation that led to the initial charges, police found videos in Oliver’s home with images of unknown women engaged in sex acts, many of which do not appear consensual, Eisenstein has said.

But Facchini said those videos did not show any form of threat or harm.

A doctor determined that one woman showed no signs of sexual abuse, he said.

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

Oliver made threats to one alleged victim’s mother through Facebook, where he reportedly told the mother he would rape her two daughters.

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, and that he knew where they lived. He also blackmailed one woman by texting her images of the assault, prosecutors have said.

Oliver also told a witness, Eisenstein said, that he could hide dead bodies at his cabin in Michigan.

Oliver also is charged with harassing a witness, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly harassed the boyfriend of one of the alleged victims.

Oliver’s next scheduled court date is Friday, when a trial date will be set, likely sometime in December, attorneys have said.

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