US woman charged with live streaming minor’s rape on social media

New York, April 14 (IANS) An 18-year-old woman from Ohio in the US has been charged with using a social media app to livestream a minor’s alleged rape by a male friend, media reports said on Thursday.

Marina Alexeevna Lonina and her 17-year-old friend had been drinking with Raymond Boyd Gates, 29, on February 27 when Gates allegedly raped the victim, reported.

Lonina started live-streaming the sexual assault over the live video streaming app Periscope.

She also allegedly took nude photographs of the victim the night before the sexual assault, according to Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien.

Police were notified after a friend of Lonina saw the livestream on Periscope.

Lonina and Gates have both been indicted on one count of kidnapping, two counts of rape, one count of sexual battery, three counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor.

If convicted, the duo face up to 40 years in prison.

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