An 18-year-old Ohio woman has been indicted on charges including rape and kidnapping after she allegedly live streamed the sexual assault of her 17-year-old friend using a smartphone app.
Marina Lonina and Raymond Gates, 29, who is due in court April 15, are accused of involvement in the incident Feb. 27, media reports say.
Lonina and a 17-year-old girl were socializing with Gates at Lonina’s home in Columbus, Ohio. Gates allegedly forced sexual intercourse on the 17-year-old girl. Court documents said Gates held her down using his body weight.
Lonina reportedly used the Periscope app to live stream the assault online. Periscope enables smartphone users to live stream events as they are happening.
The video was seen by another friend who lived out of state and called the police.
The 17-year-old reported the incident to police Feb. 29.
Officers obtained a copy of the video, and said that Gates and the 17-year-old could not be seen as they were covered by a blanket.
However, there was evidence of a struggle and the girl could clearly be heard screaming “please stop” and “please no” several times, according to WCMH.
“People need to know and understand that the use of a smartphone to video events can constitute serious felony crimes,” prosecuting attorney Ron O’Brien said, according to The Associated Press. “They should think twice before they use their smartphones to either photograph or video anything that's of a sexual nature.”
Lonina is also accused of taking nude pictures of the 17-year-old a day before the assault.
Lonina and Gates face charges of rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
“If Gates and Lonina are convicted for these charges, they each face a potential sentence in excess of 40 years in prison,” O’Brien said, according to WCMH.
Gates is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.