An 18-year-old Ohio woman has been indicted on charges she used the social media app Periscope to live-stream her own friend’s rape.
Marina Alexeevna Lonina and a 17-year-old friend were with 29-year-old Raymond Boyd Gates at a Columbus residence on Feb. 27 when Gates allegedly raped the victim.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien told Columbus television station WCMH that Lonina started live-streaming the sexual assault over the social media app Periscope. Lonina also allegedly photographed the victim nude the night before the alleged sexual assault.
Authorities were notified by an out-of-state friend of Lonina who saw the Periscope live stream.
Lonina and Gates have both been indicted on one count kidnapping, two counts of rape, one count of sexual battery, three counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor.
Lonina also faces two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance for allegedly photographing the victim naked.
Both defendants face up to 40 years in prison if convicted as charged, the Associated Press reported.