WOODSTOCK – Jury selection is underway for the trial of a Woodstock man accused of raping women he met on Craigslist.
The first of several trials for Charles R. Oliver, 45, began this morning and is expected to last throughout the week.
Oliver is accused in eight separate cases of raping women who responded to online ads for sex. Many of the alleged victims were prostitutes.
Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said prosecutors likely will introduce sexually explicit evidence – including video of the alleged attacks. She asked potential jurors if they would have a problem viewing and discussing such evidence.
Oliver's defense attorney Mark Facchini asked the jury panel if they had moral or ethical objections to pornography.
Court broke for a lunch recess and will resume at 1:30 p.m.
No jurors had been selected before the break. Six potential jurors had been dismissed after saying they likely couldn't set aside prejudice based on the nature of the charges against Oliver, or that they knew someone who was the victim of sexual assault.
McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather will preside over the trial.