A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Torrey Browne, 34, of raping a woman on his new boat at the Dorchester Yacht Club after she told him she didn't want a romantic relationship with him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reported.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Regina Quinlan ordered Browne, a South Boston computer consultant out on bail during the trial, taken into custody immediately, pending his sentencing on Nov. 17. He faces up to 20 years in state prison.
According to Assistant District Attorney Michelle Kalowski, Browne asked the woman, whom he knew through work, if he'd like to see the boat he'd just bought. She agreed and the two met one night at the yacht club on Sept. 30, 2008.
After giving her a tour of the yacht club, he told her he had romantic feelings for her, but she replied she only wanted to be friends, Kalowski told the jury.
Because it was late, he managed to convince her to spend the night on the boat - and then he left, Kalowski said. But she woke the next morning with him lying on top of her, Kalowski said. When she asked what he was doing, he hushed her, then held her down, the assistant DA said. The woman began to struggle, even bit him in the arm, but he would not let her go and then he raped her, she said.
Now free to go, she called her roommate for help and they drove to a local hospital to undergo a post-rape exam and test - DNA evidence from which helped convict Browne.