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State rests its case in Woodstock Craigslist rape trial

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

WOODSTOCK – Before prosecutors rested their case against a man accused of raping women he met on Craigslist, they played for jurors a jailhouse phone call between Charles Oliver and his father.

Oliver made admissions 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 girl's stories are inconsistent, but there's some truth to them," he said.

Oliver is accused of raping eight women that he met on Craigslist or other websites to have sex in exchange for money. Attorneys expect each case to be tried separately.

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

Once at the home, she performed a sex act on Oliver before he lead her to the basement. In a locked room in the basement, he grabbed her 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.

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 the sex was consensual, and that the alleged victim was doing what she had agreed to.

The trial will resume at 1:30 p.m. when the defense will present its case. Closing arguments are expected Friday morning.

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