Does it get any more sick and twisted than this? Here’s a big lesson in choosing your ‘friends.’ What would you do if you were the parent of this teen victim?
An 18-year-old Ohio woman accused of livestreaming the rape of her 17-year-old friend said she was trying to record the assault as evidence, the woman’s attorney said Friday.
Marina Lonina pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple charges including rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor.
A judge set bond at $125,000 for Lonina, a student at New Albany High School, outside Columbus.
Her co-defendant, Raymond Gates, 29, also pleaded not guilty, with a judge setting his bond at $300,000.
Prosecutor flatly dismissed the defense that Lonina was recording the rape as evidence.
A public defender representing Gates did not comment about the allegations.
Lonina and her friend — who attends the same high school — met Gates at a Columbus mall for the first time the day before where he bought them a bottle of vodka and encouraged them to meet him the following day, her lawyer Sam Shamansky said.
He acknowledged his client filmed the February assault of her intoxicated friend but said she was trying to get the girl out of the house where the attack happened.
Lonina is in the habit of filming everything with Periscope, Shamansky said.
The app for smartphones allows users to stream live video.
‘She does everything possible to contain the situation even to the point of asking while it’s being filmed to these Periscope followers, “What should I do now? What should I do now?”‘ Shamansky said.
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