Periscope sexual assault: Marina Lonina livestreams teen friend attacked by Raymond Gates – TomoNews
COLUMBUS, OHIO — High school student Marina Lonina is facing up to 40 years in prison for new depths of sadism on social media.
On Feb. 29, 18-year-old Lonina and her 17-year-old friend were reportedly hanging out in a parking lot outside a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio, when they were approached by 29-year-old Raymond Gates. The young girls had never met Gates before, but must have immediately been taken by his charms. He bought them a bottle of vodka and proposed they meet up the next day.
The three rendezvoused as planned at a residential house in Columbus. Reports indicate that’s where Raymond Gates grabbed Marina Lonina’s friend, pinned her down and raped her in front of Lonina.
Rather than help her friend, Lonina recorded the 10-minute sexual assault on the live-streaming app Periscope, for the world to watch in real-time. Having seen the video, the case prosecutor claims Lonina was giggling throughout her friend’s waking nightmare, and displayed little interest in stopping the attack, as she was more excited by the amount of likes she was receiving for capturing the disgusting act as it was happening.
For her crimes, Marina Lonina faces the same charges as the alleged rapist, Raymond Gates – kidnapping, rape, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor. Both defendants pled not guilty to the charges on Friday. Lonina was released on a bond of $125,000, as Gates remains incarcerated for the time being, his bond set at $300,000.
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