Senior Twitter Engineer Charged With Multiple Counts Of Rape


A senior engineer at Twitter has been charged with three counts of rape, along with a charge of false imprisonment and one count of domestic violence.

Dana McCallum, a prominent transgender activist and women in tech advocate, is alleged to have raped and imprisoned her partner in charges formally laid January 29th after her initial arrest on January 26th.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle (who broke the story) McCallum’s lawyer is suggesting that the charges are false and are based on a desire by McCallum’s wife to obtain a financial gain from her shares in Twitter.

“I’m just disgusted that, you know, this is going on,” Runfola said. “Dana is an employee [at Twitter] and is about to come into a large amount of money. … This whole thing is about money.”

McCallum is currently out on bail of $350,000, awaiting a future trial date.

A friend of McCallum’s wife disagrees with McCallum’s lawyers’ statement and publicly supported the charges, stating on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/erin/statuses/454665707817406465

https://twitter.com/erin/statuses/454663291214647298

https://twitter.com/erin/statuses/454659700059955201

https://twitter.com/erin/statuses/454654237046091776

https://twitter.com/erin/statuses/454661523617492992

McCallum, 31, who was born a male, openly identifies as a female. She was named as one of the most prominent gay people in tech by Business Insider in December 2013.

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Duncan Riley

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