What led to Marina Lonina deciding to livesrtream a fellow female friend’s sexual assault on social media app Periscope instead of coming to her aid?
18 year old Columbus, Ohio woman, Marina Lonina has been indicted by a Grand jury on charges she used social media app Periscope to live stream her own friend’s rape.
According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Marina Alexeevna Lonina and a 17-year-old friend were socializing with 29-year-old Raymond Boyd Gates at a residence on Christina Lane, February 27, when Gates allegedly forced sexual intercourse with the victim.
O’Brien says that Marina Lonina started live streaming the sexual assault over the social media app Periscope. Lonina is also alleged according to a report via nbc4i to have also photographed the victim nude the night before the alleged sexual assault.
Authorities were notified of the sexual assault by another friend of Marina Lonina’s who watched the Periscope live stream in another state.
Lonina and Gates have both been indicted on one count kidnapping, two counts of rape, one county of sexual battery, three counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor.
Lonina also faces two counts of illegal use of minor in nudity oriented material or performance for allegedly photographing the victim naked.
‘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.
A report via the nydailynews told that Gates is scheduled for arraignment Friday. Court records don’t list attorneys for either defendant responding to the charges. They each face up to 40 years in prison, if convicted.
Periscope, an app for smartphones, uses a video function to allow users to stream events live.
Of question is what motivated the accused woman to live stream the action and decline assisting the victim, her friend?