Crime & Courts

Closing arguments in Oliver rape case set for Friday

Charles Oliver, accused of rape in Woodstock.
Charles Oliver, accused of rape in Woodstock.

WOODSTOCK – Closing arguments are expected Friday morning after attorneys from both sides rested their cases for the man accused of attacking women he met through Craigslist.

Charles R. Oliver, 45, is accused of raping the women who agreed to have sex with him in exchange for money.

Before prosecutors rested Thursday, they played for jurors a jailhouse phone call between the Woodstock man and his father.

Oliver made statements on the call, telling his father he videotaped his sexual encounters with the women.

"We got to fighting in the house. … and because I was aggressive they're claiming rape," he said.

"The girls' stories are inconsistent, but there's some truth to them," he said.

Oliver is charged in multiple cases of raping women – many of whom were prostitutes – that he met on Craigslist or other website. Attorneys expect to try each case separately.

In all, there are eight alleged victims.

For the case being tried this week, the alleged victim previously testified that she and Oliver agreed to sex for $200. She met him in November 2012 at a Rosemont train station, and he drove her to his Woodstock home.

Once at the home, she performed a sex act on Oliver, who then lead her to the basement. In a locked room in the basement, he grabbed the woman's head and pushed her to a kneeling position. The only way she would get out of the basement was if she played by Oliver's rules, the woman said, adding that she was scared.

Previous police testimony revealed that the lock to the room was reversed – meaning the locking mechanism was on the outside of the door and it needed a tool, like a pin, to be opened.

After the basement attack, the two engaged in sex acts, which Oliver recorded.

As the trial unfolded this week, jurors watched a 12-minute video of sex between Oliver and the then 22-year-old woman.

Oliver's defense attorney has said that the sex was consensual, and that the alleged victim was doing what she had agreed to.

Oliver did not testify. The defense called three witnesses, all police officers. Their testimony was used to attack the credibility of a different state witness – a woman, also in her early 20s, who said she was raped by Oliver.

The woman initially lied to police about how she met Oliver. At first, she didn't admit to meeting him through a Craigslist ad she posted. The officers testified that she initially told them she was kidnapped.

Jurors previously watched 6 minutes of footage of her sexual encounter with Oliver. On the video, she's heard resisting him and saying she was scared.

Closing arguments will begin at 9 a.m. before the case is given to the jurors to deliberate.

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