Atlanta man gets 25 years behind bars for raping woman in tent

Terren Anderson

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Terren Anderson

An Atlanta man who raped a woman in retaliation for remarks her boyfriend made was sentenced to 25 years in prison and the rest of his life on probation, Fulton County prosecutors said Tuesday.

In May, Terren Anderson, 28, and another woman lured a 22-year-old and her boyfriend to a homeless encampment on Fairlie Street to smoke marijuana, authorities said.

Once they arrived, Anderson and 21-year-old Leilani Frazier allegedly confronted the other man about falsely claiming to be a member of their street gang.

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Leilani Frazier

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Leilani Frazier

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

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Leilani Frazier

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

As the confrontation escalated, the man, identified only as “Ghost,” left the area and his girlfriend behind. Anderson and Frazier then grabbed the woman and told her she “would have to pay” for her boyfriend’s actions, prosecutors said.

“The defendants ordered the 22-year-old woman into a nearby tent and demanded that she remove her clothing,” the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Anderson and Frazier then allegedly made the woman perform sex acts inside the tent before raping her.

Following the alleged assault, Anderson and Frazier reportedly threatened to kill the woman if she screamed or told the police, telling her “their last victim who contacted police never made it to court,” prosecutors said. They also told her they planned to traffic her for sex, authorities said.

The woman was able to escape the tent the next morning as Anderson and Frazier slept and she reported the rape to police. During her sexual assault examination, doctors removed a piece of a broken condom, prosecutors said.

Anderson was arrested May 2, one day after the rape, but Frazier wasn’t charged until late October, Fulton County jail records show.

Before her arrest, Anderson allegedly called Frazier multiple times from jail and the two discussed ways to avoid prosecution, authorities said. They allegedly planned to silence the rape victim by getting other people to attack her and even considered calling the DA’s office and making false statements while pretending to be the victim.

Anderson, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, was convicted of rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, conspiracy to influence witnesses and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Frazier has not gone to trial but faces seven felonies, including two counts of aggravated sodomy and one count each of rape, false imprisonment, conspiracy to commit felony murder, conspiracy to influence witnesses and conspiracy to tamper with evidence, records show.

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There were no serious injuries.