Teenager charged with live streaming rape of friend on Periscope app

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A teenager has been charged with live streaming the alleged rape of her 17-year-old friend in the US.

Marina Lonina, 18, is accused of filming the assault at a house in Columbus, Ohio, on 27 February.

She and her co-defendant Raymond Gates, 29, are charged with rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

Marina Lonina and Raymond Gates have been charged with raping a teenage girl. (AP)

Lonina was also charged with illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance. 

Authorities were contacted when a friend of the victim saw the alleged images on smartphone app Periscope, which allows users to stream events live.

Ron O’Brien, the Franklin County prosecutor, said Lonina and the victim were socializing with Gates when he raped the 17-year-old girl as his alleged accomplice filmed.

Lonina had also taken a picture of the victim nude on the previous evening, Mr O’Brien said.

“If Gates and Lonina are convicted for these charges, they each face a potential sentence in excess of forty years in prison,” he added.

Source  with additional reporting by AP

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