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Craigslist suspect may have sexually assaulted 25 women, prosecutors say

Updated: April 28, 2013 7:04AM

A Woodstock man charged with sexually assaulting five women he met on Craigslist may have attacked as many as 20 others, McHenry County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Investigators were using cell phones, ID cards and photos of drivers licenses they found in Charles Oliver’s home to try to locate other women he may have assaulted.

The 44-year-old Oliver kept or photographed the personal items to try to prevent the women from calling police, Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said as Oliver appeared in court for a bond hearing.

“Now that I know where you live, you can’t call the police, or I’ll come after you,” Oliver allegedly told one woman, Eisenstein said.

After prosecutors outlined the new allegations against Oliver, Judge Sharon Prather raised his bond to $3 million.

Oliver, who faces charges of criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint, remained in custody late Tuesday.

Prosecutors had asked that he be jailed without bond, with Eisenstein arguing Oliver was “an extreme danger to society,” if released.

The alleged assaults occurred between November 2011 and last January — including at least two that happened after police first began investigating Oliver last fall.

Prosecutors contended Oliver found the women mostly by answering Internet ads offering paid sexual encounters, though he frequently used a fake name to arrange the meetings.

After Oliver met the women, he brought them to his home in the far northwest suburb — where some of the encounters quickly turned violent.

Oliver allegedly took the women to his basement, where he threw them to the ground, choked them or tied them to a chair, Eisenstein said.

He later brought the women to a different part of his home and forced them to have sex — frequently photographing or videotaping the alleged assaults, Eisenstein said.

When they searched his house, police discovered “thousands” of images of Oliver engaged in sex acts with different women, including some that appeared forced, Eisenstein said.

And Oliver allegedly kept a photographic record of many of the women he had brought to his house.

“Now you get to have your picture taken and be in my collection,” Oliver allegedly told one of the women, Eisenstein said.

He allegedly threatened to kill several of the women if they went to police and showed several a handgun before releasing them.

Defense attorney Mark Facchini contended the allegations made by some of the women weren’t consistent with videos found in Oliver’s home by police.

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