A man posing as a gay man to befriend a lesbian during their daily train journeys has been convicted of rape and suffocation after offering her a ride home
- Taurence Callagain, 36, made a friendship with a female passenger on his commuter train in August 2015
- He told the woman that he was gay, so she had the impression that their relationship was platonic
- One evening Callagain offered to drive the woman home, but he stopped at his own house, where he raped her violently
- Callagain claimed the gender was consensual, but a jury sentenced him for rape
Taurence Callagain, 36, has been accused of raping a woman he met on a commuter train in 2015
A man from Atlanta posing as a gay man to make friends with a woman on his commuter train has been convicted of her rape.
Fulton County District Attorney, Paul L Howard Jr., announced the news on Wednesday, while also giving shocking new details about the case.
In a statement, the DA stated that Taurence Callagain, 36, met his victim at a transit station in August 2015.
The couple regularly rode the train together and Callagain lured the woman – who is a lesbian in a long-term relationship – to a false friendship.
He told her he was gay, so she had the impression that their relationship was strictly platonic and they eventually exchanged phone numbers.
On September 6, 2015, the victim missed her connecting bus and Callagain offered to give her a ride home, according to prosecutors.
While he was on the road, he told the woman to stop at his house to pick up some marijuana.
Callagain made a friendship with the woman in the Atlanta commuter train they used to ride together
The woman accompanied him inside, at which point he suddenly began to strangle her before he pushed her into the bedroom and started raping her.
Callagain warned the victim against yelling or resisting during the trial and told her that if she made a noise he would “let my boys come in and stop you.”
She later told the investigators that she heard the voice of another man in the house and “was terrified that if she screamed, Callagain would actually do what he said.”
The victim then managed to flee Callagain’s house, and five miles back to her home.
She then went to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment, where police were called.
The couple met on H.E. Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta in August 2015
The woman accurately described the interior of Callagain’s house and her underwear was found in a laundry basket.
The suspect claimed the gender was consensual, but Callagain was later arrested.
The public prosecutor did not disclose when he should be sentenced.