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Teenage Girl Accused Of Streaming Rape Of Friend, 17, On Periscope

14/04/2016 09:35

A teenager has been accused of broadcasting the rape of her 17-year-old friend on the social media app Periscope.

Marina Lonina, 18, is also alleged to have livestreamed pictures of the same girl in the nude the night before from a home in Columbus, Ohio.

Lonina and Raymond Gates, 29, were charged with rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor, the Associated Press reports. 

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Marina Lonina is also alleged to have livestreamed pictures of the girl in the nude 

The rape charge involved intercourse by force and was not related to the 17-year-old's age, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

Lonina was also charged with illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance.

Lonina and the victim were socialising with Gates at a home in Columbus on 27 February when Gates raped the 17-year-old, O'Brien said.

Authorities learned of the assault when an out-of-state friend of the accused woman saw the images.

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Raymond Gates was charged with rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor

Lonina "categorically denies these charges," said her attorney Josh Bedtelyon.

Gates is scheduled for arraignment on Friday. They each face up to 40 years in prison, if convicted.

O'Brien said the motive for the livestreaming was unclear, but he said alcohol was a factor. Gates, Lonina and the victim had all been drinking, he said.

"People need to know and understand that the use of a smartphone to video events can constitute serious felony crimes," O'Brien said.

"They should think twice before they use their smartphones to either photograph or video anything that's of a sexual nature."

 

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