Additional alleged victim testifies in rape trial
WOODSTOCK – As the trial for the alleged Craigslist rapist carried into a second day of testimony, a second witness detailed a similar but separate encounter she had with Charles Oliver.
Jurors again on Wednesday watched a video of sex acts between Oliver, 45, and the woman, who met him after she posted a Craigslist ad under the headline “looking for something new.”
She testified – like the first alleged victim – she too agreed to meet Oliver to have sex in exchange for money. They met in January 2013.
Both women are in their early 20s and have testified that once at Oliver’s Woodstock home, he led each of them to a locked room in the basement where he threatened or pushed them around.
The second woman’s testimony only can be viewed as limited evidence establishing Oliver’s pattern of committing sex crimes, Judge Sharon Prather told the jurors. The second alleged victim is not a complainant in the state’s case in chief being tried this week.
In all, eight women have come forward saying they were attacked by Oliver after agreeing to meet him for sex in exchange for money. The cases are expected to be tried separately.
On the roughly six-minute-long video that played for jurors on Wednesday, the alleged victim can be heard resisting the man, saying Oliver was performing sex acts to which she didn’t agree. She was in the courtroom as jurors watched the footage.
The woman is heard admitting she was scared, asking Oliver to stop and saying she was shaking.
“I don’t have to listen to you, I paid you,” Oliver said.
“You want to call the cops? I’ll tell them you’re a prostitute,” he later said.
Oliver became enraged when the woman later cut him with her fingernail. He told her he had her license plate number.
“I’m gonna run it and hunt you down,” Oliver says before the camera turns to black.
On cross-examination, Oliver’s defense attorney, Mark Facchini, attacked the woman’s credibility, pointing out she initially lied to police, telling them not that she met Oliver for sex, but that he kidnapped her.
Holding up the woman’s first written statement, Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Lenhard asked her, “Is this true?”
The woman said it was not and that she fabricated the abduction story because she believed Oliver was a cop or had ties to law enforcement, which was what he told her.
“I was scared that he was [the] police,” she said.
For the state’s case in chief, prosecutors have argued Oliver threatened and beat the woman into complying with his sex demands. Defense attorneys say the sex was consensual.
The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday and is expected to wrap up Friday.