‘Real estate rapist’ found guilty

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DOVER, N.H. (AP) – A Maine man called the “Real Estate Rapist” was convicted Thursday of raping a 19-year-old woman in her home last summer after telling her he was interested in buying her home.

The jury deliberated about three hours before convicting Oliver Hooper, 34, of five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault; two counts of criminal threatening; and one count of kidnapping, along with several misdemeanors.

Hooper could be sentenced to over 50 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Hooper, a traveling salesman, faked interest in buying the home on July 26, forced his way inside and raped the woman at knifepoint.

Police and prosecutors believe Hooper visited around a dozen other homes in the areas of southern New Hampshire, Maine, and northeastern Massachusetts, posing as a potential home buyer while seeking additional victims.

Within an hour of the alleged assault, prosecutors say Hooper visited two other homes in Dover less than a mile from the victim’s home. All three witnesses gave descriptions matching that of Hooper, and reported seeing a dark blue Dodge Caravan he is alleged to have driven. Police arrested Hooper on Aug. 4 following a 10-day manhunt.

On Monday, the woman who said Hooper raped her, testified that he forced her upstairs and bound her wrists with the cord to her sister’s cell-phone charger. He sexually assaulted her more than once, she said, and at one point threatened her while holding a small knife next to her face, she testified.

She said she recalled asking him multiple times if he was going to hurt her. “Sometimes it was asking. Sometimes it was more like pleading or begging,” she said.

Afterward, she testified, the man led her into the bathroom and had her take a shower. He left after he took her to the basement and bound her ankles with bungee cords, she said.

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