Bond set at $500k for man accused of Periscoping rape

Raymond Boyd Gates

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A $500,000 bond has been set for a Columbus man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl while a 19-year-old woman live streamed the whole thing over the social media app Periscope.

Raymond Boyd Gates appeared before a judge Tuesday on the rape charge.

The criminal complaint said Gates, the 17-year-old girl and the 19-year-old woman were drinking at his home on February 27.

According to court documents, at some point in the evening Gates allegedly held the 17-year-old down with his body weight, forced her pants and underwear off and began to rape her.

The complaint also says the 19-year-old live streamed the incident using the social media app Periscope.

The 17-year-old victim called police and made a report on February 29.

Columbus Police obtained a copy of the Periscope video. In the complaint, police say a blanket is covering both parties, but that there appears to be a struggle and the victim can clearly be heard screaming “No, it hurts so much”; “Please stop” and “Please no” several times.

The 19-year-old woman was originally charged with pandering obscenity involving a minor. That charge was dismissed, but the Franklin County Prosecutors Office says the case is still under investigation.

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