WOODSTOCK – Defense attorneys are seeking to keep police statements from a man accused of raping women he met on Craigslist from trial as details of his alleged crimes emerged in court.
Charles R. Oliver, 45, is awaiting trial on multiple charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful restraint.
Prosecutors say Oliver met women, many of whom were escorts or prostitutes, on Craigslist or other websites. He is accused of beating the women – six alleged victims in all – and forcing them to have sex.
At hearings this week, attorneys argued whether incriminating statements Oliver made to officers the night of his January 2013 arrest can be introduced at trial.
Testimony from Woodstock Police Detective George Kopulos revealed that Oliver told detectives he never had much luck with girls, he often used prostitutes, he “gets off on the rough stuff but has to pay extra for that” and he didn’t like to wear condoms, among other admissions.
The accused Woodstock man told police he often met the women on Craigslist who either responded to advertisements he posted or vice versa. He tended to use a fake name with these women.
Mark Facchini, Oliver’s defense attorney, argued that those statements shouldn’t be admitted at trial because they were made before his client was properly informed of his rights.
Before Oliver was read his Miranda rights, officers served him with a body warrant that allowed detectives to take nude photos of the man. During that time, a detective improperly asked Oliver a direct question, Facchini said, to which he answered.
Oliver then was read his rights and refused to speak to detectives without an attorney present but later began making statements to officers. Oliver then waived his right to an attorney and began telling officers the allegations against him were “all about money.”
The hearing before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather ended Thursday without a decision. It will continue Jan. 22.