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Jury convicts defendant in Craigslist rape case

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WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) -- A jury on Friday found a suburban Chicago man guilty of raping a woman he met through Craigslist and solicited for sex.

Charles R. Oliver of Woodstock is accused of raping eight women, many of them prostitutes, who responded to his online ads for sex. His attorney seeks separate trials for each case.

The McHenry County jury deliberated for three hours before convicting Oliver of raping a 22-year-old Chicago woman he agreed to pay $200 for sex. Prosecutors contended Oliver, 45, pushed the woman to the floor in his locked basement laundry room Nov. 6, 2012, before videotaping them having sex in his bedroom.

Oliver eventually took the woman back to a Rosemont train station, but not before taking a picture of her driver's license, prosecutors contended.

"It was obvious that what he did was wrong and illegal," Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said after the jury delivered its verdict.

Although the woman went to authorities the next day, Oliver wasn't arrested until January 2013.

Oliver's attorney argued the sex was consensual.

"Just because you have a change of heart the next day, it doesn't make it sexual assault," defense attorney Mark Facchini said in his final argument to jurors. "This wasn't a casual hookup. This was a business transaction. She wasn't there to enjoy the sex. She wasn't there to make friends."

After the verdict, Facchini said he was preparing for Oliver's next trial, set for March 31.

No sentencing date has been set for Oliver in the case that led to his conviction Friday. Prosecutors say he faces up to 33 years in prison for the rape.

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