Couple accused of live streaming rape on social media to appear in court

A man and woman accused of raping a woman and live streaming the assault on Periscope is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.
Courtesy: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A man and woman accused of raping a woman and live streaming the assault on Periscope is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

Marina Alexeevna Lonina, 18 and Raymond Boyd Gates, 29 are scheduled to be arraigned for their alleged role in the rape of a 17-year-old girl.

Both are charged with kidnapping, rape, sexual battery and pandering obscenity involving a minor.

According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Lonina and a 17-year-old friend were socializing with Gates at a residence on Christina Lane, February 27, when at some point, Gates allegedly forced sexual intercourse with the victim.

O’Brien says that Lonina started live streaming the sexual assault over the social media app Periscope. Lonina also photographed the victim nude the night before the alleged sexual assault, according to O’Brien.

Authorities were notified of the sexual assault by another friend of Lonina’s who watched the Periscope live stream in another state.

“If Gates and Lonina are convicted for these charges, they  each face a potential sentence in excess of forty years in prison”, O’Brien said.

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