Motel handyman denies involvement

Questioned in the deaths of 4 women at the Shore, he's being held over video taken of a naked teen.

Posted: April 17, 2007

A former handyman who has been questioned in the slayings of four Atlantic City women yesterday denied having anything to do with videotapes found in his house showing a naked teenaged girl.

Authorities last week discovered three more videotapes among Terry Oleson's belongings that show the unclothed girl, said Oleson's attorney, James J. Leonard.

Oleson, 34, has been jailed since April 6, when police said they discovered the first videotape of the naked girl and charged him with invasion of privacy - an accusation unrelated to the corpses of four prostitutes who were found in a watery ditch in Egg Harbor Township in November.

The videotapes were discovered among items taken earlier this month during a search of Oleson's Alloway Township home. The 15-year-old girl seen in the tapes is believed to be a relative of Oleson's ex-girlfriend who, until last month, lived at the Alloway Township house with her daughter, authorities said.

"My client denies he had any involvement in the creation of those tapes," Leonard said yesterday. "They may have been found in his house, but that's strictly circumstantial evidence."

A Salem County judge raised Oleson's bail from $100,000 to $150,000 following the discovery of additional tapes.

Leonard said $150,000 bail was "extremely excessive" and was designed to keep his client in jail while the murder investigation continued.

"Bail is set to ensure that a defendant will appear in court, not to hold somebody because there's an investigation going on," Leonard said.

Oleson worked as a handyman for several months last year at the Golden Key Motel, a seedy motor lodge near where the bodies were found Nov. 20.

Oleson also denies any involvement in the murders and police have not called him a suspect. He was interrogated on two consecutive days by Atlantic County prosecutor's detectives in connection with the killings.

According to Leonard, Oleson volunteered to take a lie-detector test and offered to give DNA evidence. Neither offer was accepted, he said.

Said Prosecutor Jeffrey Blitz yesterday, "We do not comment on who we have interviewed, where investigators are investigating or where they may be looking."


Contact staff writer Sam Wood at samwood@phillynews.com or 856-779-3838.

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|