Defendant told the victim he was gay to convince her he wasn’t interested in a sexual relationship
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the RAPE conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 36-year-old TAURENCE CALLAGAIN.
Several weeks prior to September 6, 2015, the victim, in this case, met Taurence Callagain at the H.E. Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta. They rode the same train and eventually exchanged numbers. The victim is a lesbian and has a female partner who she was in a relationship with when she met the defendant. Callagain led the victim to believe he was gay, so she was under the impression that their relationship was strictly platonic.
The victim regularly rode two MARTA buses and a train to travel to and from work. On September 6, 2015, the victim missed the final bus of the night at 11:40pm. Callagain offered to give her a ride home so she did not have to walk a mile and a half to her apartment in Allen Hills. Callagain said he needed to first stop at his house to pick up some marijuana. When they arrived, Callagain and the victim entered his home. At that point, the victim thought they were going to Callagain’s bedroom to smoke marijuana when he began to strangle her and proceeded to violently rape her. During the rape, Callagain told the victim if she fought or screamed,
“I will get my boys to come in and hold you down.”
The victim heard a male voice in the house, so she was terrified that if she kept screaming Callagain would, in fact, do as he said. Eventually, the victim escaped the defendant’s room, and she fled the location. The victim ran three miles to her home in the middle of the night. She then went to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment and called the police. The victim accurately described the interior of the defendant’s home, and her underwear was found in his hamper. The defendant claimed the sex was consensual, but Callagain was later arrested. The defendant has a pending aggravated assault case in Fulton County but has no other criminal history.
CALLAGAIN was convicted of RAPE.
CALLAGAIN will be sentenced
at a later date as determined by the Court.
Judge Eric Dunaway, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Assistant District Attorney Robert Springer led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Adriane Love, Investigator Raeisha Oliphant-McCray, and Victim-Witness Advocate Courtney Thomas of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Investigator A. Klein from the Atlanta Police Department was the lead investigator in this case.