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Man pretended to be gay to befriend lesbian commuter, then raped her

Taurence Callagain pretended to be gay to win woman's trust
Taurence Callagain (Photo: Fulton Country Jail)

An Atlanta man has been found guilty of raping a woman he met on his daily train commute. The woman is a lesbian and in a longterm relationship. To befriend her, the man – Taurence Callagain, 36 – pretended he was gay.

Callagain began talking to the woman in August 2015 after encountering her at a transit station in West Atlanta. After gaining her trust, they swapped phone numbers. He maintained that he was gay during this period and she believed their relationship was purely platonic.

On the evening of September 6, 2015, the woman said she’d missed her last connecting bus from the station. Her commute regularly involved two buses and a train ride. Callagain offered to drive her the one and a half miles to her home. He said he needed to stop off at his home first to pick up some marijuana.

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The woman accompanied him inside the house. She believed they were going to smoke some marijuana. Inside, he violently attacked her. A statement released by Fulton County District Attorney, Paul L Howard Jr., gave details of the crime.

Callagain strangled the woman and began to rape her. He told her that if she fought or screamed, “I will get my boys to come in and hold you down.”

She told police she could hear another male voice in the apartment and feared that what he said was true.

She was eventually able to escape his house. She ran the three miles home, then took herself to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment and called the police.

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The victim accurately described the interior of the defendant’s home, and her underwear was found in his hamper. He told police the sex had been consensual, but he was later arrested.

During his trial, he denied being gay or bisexual. He was convicted of rape earlier this week and will be sentenced at a later date.

“The brutality and meanness of this attack is disturbing,” District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a statement to