This is just despicable.
An 18-year-old high school student from Ohio is being accused of live-streaming her 17-year-old friend’s rape on the social media app Periscope.
Marina Lonina and her younger friend went to a mall in Columbus, Ohio back in February where they met 29-year-old Raymond Boyd Gates.
Gates bought the girls vodka, invited them back to his place, and while hanging out together, allegedly pinned the 17-year-old victim down and raped her.
Instead of calling for help, or trying to stop the rape, Lonina sat back and turned on the Periscope app on her phone, broadcasting the rape over the social media network until one of her followers there saw the 10-minute long stream and called the police.
Franklin County, Ohio prosecutor Ron O’Brien spoke to reporters about his disgust with Lonina’s actions, not to mention Gates’ alleged attack, saying:
“I have never seen a case such as this where you would actually live-stream a sexual assault. Based on the video that I saw, it didn’t appear for the most part of it that she was attempting to help the victim … For the most part she is just streaming it on the Periscope app and giggling and laughing.”
And while Lonina’s attorneys are arguing that she made “substantial” efforts to stop the attack, and that she was influenced by predator Gates, local authorities obviously don’t feel that way.
Lonina has been strung up alongside the accused rapist: she will now get her day in court on charges relating to kidnapping, rape, sexual battery, and pandering sexual matter involving a minor.
If convicted, Lonina and Gates could each face up 40 years in prison.
[Image via Franklin County Sheriffs Office.]