Twitter’s Dana McCallum: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Twitter’s Dana McCallum, a transgender woman, has pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to the alleged rape of her wife. McCallum is a senior engineer at Twitter. You can watch the video above to learn more about Dana McCallum’s professional life, or read on to learn more about the controversy surrounding Dana McCallum’s home life.

1. Dana McCallum Was Originally Facing Felony Charges

According to Valley Wag, Dana McCallum was originally facing five felony charges related to the alleged rape. In the end, McCallum pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges: one count of domestic violence with corporal injury to the spouse and one count of false imprisonment.

Valley Wag reports that Dana McCallum served her spouse with divorce papers mere days before the attack occurred. The divorce has yet to be finalized.

2. McCallum’s Attorney, John Runfola, Says the Charges Were ‘About Money’

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According to the San Francisco Examiner, McCallum’s attorney believes that the case was motivated by money. Dana McCallum’s counsel, John Runfola, told reporters:

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

It is believed that Runfola’s mentions of “money” were references to Twitter stock benefits that McCallum was entitled to after the company’s IPO.

3. Dana McCallum Initially Pled Not Guilty

Business Insider notes that Dana McCallum initially entered a plea of not guilty back in April. The incident that brought about these charges took place in January.

Last year, Business Insider listed McCallum on their list of the Most Important Gay People in Tech. BI noted that McCallum plays the bass guitar, and is a licensed commercial pilot.

4. Dana McCallum’s Legal Name Is Dana Contreras

The San Francisco Examiner notes that Dana McCallum was born a male. She now openly identifies as a female. While she works under the name Dana McCallum, her legal name is actually Dana Contreras.

5. Dana McCallum Will Be on Probation for 3 Years

According to Valley Wag, Dana McCallum will face the following penalties: “three years probation, four days in county jail (with credit for the four days already served), 25 hours of community service, counseling for substance abuse, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling.” She will also face some “minor fees.”

Valley Wag also noted that McCallum’s wife read statement in court that described the incident as an “alcohol fueled sexual violent crime.” One of the conditions of McCallum’s initial release with bail was that she attend AA meetings.

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