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Crime & Courts

Oliver waives jury trial for next rape case

WOODSTOCK – Charles Oliver, convicted of raping a woman he met on Craigslist, on Thursday waived his right to a jury trial for the next of his seven remaining sexual assault cases.

A jury waiver can sometimes signify that a plea deal has been reached, but attorneys from both sides would not say whether there has been a resolution following Oliver's brief court appearance.

Oliver, 45, is accused of raping women he met on Craigslist. Oliver and the women – many were prostitutes or escorts – agreed to sex for money.

Following a week-long trial last month, jurors convicted Oliver of criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint related to one victim who said Oliver threatened her to perform certain acts.

The trial was the first of eight separate trials expected for the Woodstock man. The next is scheduled for March 31. If that case proceeds to trial, his guilt or innocence would be determined by the judge since he has waived his right to jury..

A status court date for Oliver is scheduled before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather for Monday.

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