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Second alleged victim testifies in Oliver rape case

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 12:30 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 3:07 p.m. CST
Charles Oliver, accused of rape in Woodstock.

WOODSTOCK – The trial for the man accused of raping women he met on the Craigslist carried into a second day of testimony.

Charles R. Oliver, 45, is charged with criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. In all, eight women have alleged that they were attacked by Oliver after agreeing to meet him for sex in exchange for money. The cases are expected to be tried separately.

For this case, his accuser says she agreed to meet Oliver, 45, and have sex with him for $200. The woman, now 23, testified Tuesday that she lived in Chicago at the time and met Oliver at a Rosemont train station where he then took her to his Woodstock home.

The Northwest Herald does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

On the witness stand, the woman testified that in a locked room in the basement of Oliver's Woodstock home, he threatened her, saying she wouldn't be allowed to leave if she didn't comply with his sex demands.

Upstairs in a bedroom, the two engaged in sex acts, but the woman said did so because she was scared.

Jurors on Tuesday watched a 12-minute video of the encounter.

Oliver's defense attorneys asked jurors to pay close attention to the video, saying the sex appeared consensual.

A second alleged victim took the stand Wednesday and told a similar account of her meeting with him. Oliver responded to an advertisement she placed on Craigslist, then the two met at the Huntley Walmart before he took her back to his house.

The trial recessed for lunch and will resume at 1:30 p.m.

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