Man sentenced to 9 years for raping 17-year-old while it was being broadcast on Periscope

Raymond Boyd Gates

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–A Columbus man will spend 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to the rape of a teen girl.

Raymond Gates, 29, and Marina Lonina, 18, are both charged in the alleged assault of a 17-year-old girl on February 27.

Court documents say Lonina, the victim’s friend, broadcast the alleged crime on the social media app Periscope.

In April, 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.

“I have never seen a case such as this where you would actually live stream a sexual assault,” he said. “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.”

O’Brien says Lonina reportedly photographed the victim “in a state of nudity” the night before.

Lonina’s case is scheduled for trial on Dec. 12. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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