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Man charged in Craigslist sexual assaults

A man from Woodstock accused of sexually assaulting five women he met on Craigslist will face a bond judge this afternoon.

Charles Oliver, 44, allegedly attacked the victims at his home between November 2011 and earlier this year.

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More women are coming forward telling police they were raped by a man they met on craigslist.
Prosecutors say Charles Oliver may have attacked as many as 20 women.
The suspect is charged with the rapes of five women at his home in Woodstock.
Investigators say other victims were afraid to speak up before he was behind bars.
Authorities won’t say how many more are now accusing him.
Oliver is being held on $3 million dollars bond.

Bond has been set at $3 million for a Woodstock man charged with raping five women he met on Craigslist.

44-year-old Charles Oliverwas first arrested and released on bond in January. Then more victims surfaced and he was taken into custody again. Five women have come forward but police believe there may be as many as 20 who were victimized by Oliver.

Prosecutors accuse him of beating and raping his victims. They say they have thousands of photos and videos to prove it. Prosecutors told the court Oliver did what he did because he had never been popular with women.

Oliver is a heating and air conditioning contractor whose crimes are so heinous,  prosecutors wanted him to remain behind bars with no bond. Instead a McHenry County judge set a $3 million dollars bond. Charges allege Oliver would find his prey on craigslist, and in some cases kidnap or lure women to his own home before bringing them into a place he called his “playroom.”

At his Woodstock home, police discovered thousands of images of Oliver engaged in sexual acts with women. Some of them consensual, some of them were not.

Neighbor Julie Rendecker knows one of the victims pressing charges, a 20-something married mother of two who, in January, she claims, thought Oliver was going to help her become a model and take some pictures. The woman looked him up on craigslist.

Rendecker claims her friend later went to police after Oliver harassed her.

Across the street from Oliver’s home, other neighbors never suspected a thing. While one man said the defendant was a good neighbor, a different one said he has noticed strange activity at Oliver’s as of late, but didn’t think it meant anything.

“The last couple of months (there were) sheets in windows day and night,” said neighbor Eric Maldonado.

Oliver’s next court date is scheduled for April 12.

A man from Woodstock accused of sexually assaulting five women he met on Craigslist will face a bond judge this afternoon.

Charles Oliver, 44, allegedly attacked the victims at his home between November 2011 and earlier this year.

One woman claims he locked her in his basement, while another says he tied her to a chair.

Oliver was arrested in January, charged with assaulting three women and released on bail.

But, he was rearrested last month when two more women came forward.

Investigators want to know if there are still more victims out there.

You’re asked to call Woodstock police if you have any additional information.

McHenry County prosecutors want a man from Woodstock to stay in jail, while he awaits trial for sexually assaulting five women he met through Craigslist.

Charles Oliver, 44, was first arrested in January and charged with attacking three women he met through Craigslist.

Police said Oliver assaulted the women in his home after meeting them through online personal ads. One of the women said Oliver locked her in a basement room and refused to let her leave, according to the criminal complaint.

“One of the women came forward, claimed he had raped her and felt she was being stalked by him, and that is how it all unfolded,” said Sgt. Charles Amati, of the Woodstock Police Department.

Oliver was re-arrested in February after two more victims came forward.

Prosecutors say he’s a threat to the community and they want him kept in jail until his trial.

They have moved to revoke his $150,000 bond and will appear before a judge today.

Authorities are investigating the possibility of additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call Woodstock police at 815-338-2131.

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