Uniontown man acquitted in rape case
A Fayette County man has been acquitted of charges he plotted with a woman to drug a teenage girl so that he could impregnate her.
A jury of nine women and three men deliberated for less than an hour Wednesday before finding DeWayne Calloway, 42, of Uniontown, not guilty of more than 20 criminal charges, including conspiracy and attempted rape.
Uniontown police alleged Calloway and Shana Brown, 34, plotted to spike the girl’s beverages with drugs and alcohol so that Calloway could impregnate her and that he and Brown could raise the baby.
Calloway said the case will haunt him forever.
“All the allegations were false,” Calloway said after the verdicts were read before Judge Ralph Warman.
“I have never done anything like this in my life,” he said. “This has ruined my life and will hang over my head forever.”
On the witness stand yesterday, Calloway denied having devised the alleged plot with Brown. He testified he had sex at least twice weekly with the Uniontown woman, but he did not consider her to be his girlfriend.
Brown testified Tuesday that Calloway wanted the teen to bear his child because Brown had surgery to prevent pregnancy. Brown said she believed she and Calloway were a couple, although they rarely went out in public.
Brown testified that on two occasions, in February and March 2009, she spiked the teen’s beverages with spiced rum. Each time, she said, she invited Calloway to her house after the teen fell asleep and left him alone with the girl.
The teen testified that she fell asleep on each occasion, only to awaken finding Calloway in the room. In one instance, she said she was partially unclothed. In the other, she said Calloway was touching her inappropriately.
The teen and Calloway both testified they did not like each other. The teen said she did not like the manner in which Calloway treated Brown. Calloway said he felt that the teen had “an attitude.”
In his closing, defense attorney Brent Peck told jurors the teen and Brown made up the story for revenge.
“This is the victim,” Peck said, pointing to Calloway. “You’ve got a vengeful woman and a vengeful girl.”
Peck said the plan backfired because Brown was criminally charged.
Brown last month pleaded guilty to charges that include conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and unauthorized administration of an intoxicant. She faces two to four years in prison when she is sentenced in January.
Assistant District Attorney Linda Cordaro told jurors the teen’s testimony was credible. She said any suggestion that Brown and the teen made up the story is “mind-boggling,” because Brown is going to jail for her role.
“What backfired?” Cordaro said. “I don’t know how you can make sense of that, in light of the fact Shana Brown is off to jail.”