Suspects Accused Of Live Streaming Rape On Periscope Plead Not Guilty

Mug shot photos of Marina Alexeevna Lonina (left), 18, and Raymond Boyd Gates (left), 29. (Courtesy: WCMH NBC4i)
Mug shot photos of Marina Alexeevna Lonina (left), 18, and Raymond Boyd Gates (left), 29. (Courtesy: WCMH NBC4i)

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – The co-defendants in the alleged rape of a teenager that was broadcast live via the social media app Periscope have both pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Raymond Boyd Gates, 29, and Marina Alexeevna Lonina, 18, are both charged in the alleged assault of a 17-year-old girl on February 27th. Court documents say Lonina broadcast the alleged crime on the social media app Periscope.

In court Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Lonina told police she was Periscoping the alleged incident to keep her friend from being assaulted, but got caught up by all the likes the she was getting. He says at one point she even asked her followers “What should I do now?”

The police summary says that Lonina and the victim were drinking at Gates’ home when the alleged assault took place. The document says Gates’ held the victim down with his body weight and raped her.

The report also says the 17-year-old victim can be heard on the video screaming “No, it hurts so much”; “Please stop,” and “Please no” multiple times.

Bond for Gates has been set at $300,000. Bond for Lonina was set at $125,000.

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