Sexual assault streamed on Periscope lands perpetrators in jail

Sexual assault streamed on Periscope lands perpetrators in jail
We live in an age where people are so attached to their mobile gadgets that they could risk their lives for them, and so obsessed with oversharing that carelessly shooting selfies or texting leads to injuries or death much more often than it should (that is – never). If there is a silver lining to be found in this, it's the fact that criminals are often dull and shortsighted enough to actually share an unlawful act that they have committed, often landing them straight in the hands of authorities.

Such is the case with 18 year-old Marina Lonina and 29 year-old Raymond Gates, who apparently had the genius plan of sexually assaulting a 17 year-old girl, friend of Lonina's. The incident took place in the city of Columbus on February 27th. The trio were “hanging out” drinking together and, at some point, Gates decided to push himself on the victim. While this was happening, his girlfriend Lonina thought it would be great to stream the ordeal on Periscope.

This is indeed terrible, but thankfully, a friend of the victim who stumbled on the stream called the authorities, and the duo were apprehended. Both Lonina and Gates are facing up to 40 years in prison for rape, kidnapping, sexual battery, and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, since it turns out that Marina was streaming nude photos of the 17 year-old victim the night prior to the incident.

Lonina's attourney Josh Bedtelyon says she "categorically denies" the charges. Gates is due for arraignment tomorrow and it is yet unknown how he will plea. Can we get a "The smartphone was hacked"?

source: KXAN via Engadget



1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

What...goes through the mind of people like that, just the fact of the assault alone, but then add...sharing it?

10. FluffyBled unregistered

Well ... ironically the sharing part saved the girl!

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well yes, that is a very good thing, but even so, how they came to the idea of planning such a thing and filming it....can't wrap my head around it.

14. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

It didn't save the girl. It just got them caught.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

... Which helped the girl. Lol.

20. TheRealist

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

the girl is traumatised for life so i didnt save her

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It didn't save her but it is what will get her justice for the crimes committed against her.

35. FluffyBled unregistered

Yeah ... i misread the article ... it seems those f**ktards did the deed, I hope they get in jail forever

19. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014


25. FluffyBled unregistered

Pervert!!! Jk.

31. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


30. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR! and what kind of girl friend just decided it's ok for her older boyfriend to sexually assault her underaged friend and then go out of her way to stream it. SMH some people just belong in jail.

34. engineer-1701d unregistered

Thats why drinking should be gone hate alcohol

36. FluffyBled unregistered

I think they only use drinking as an excuse, alcohol has nothing to do with this!

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Such stupidity does not deserve gadgets like a smartphone. And such humans deserve what was sentenced to them.

3. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Hope they will be treated the same in prison.

24. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I just told Karma to pay them a visit tonight indeed.

4. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

People are disgusting... And dumb.

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I'm speechless.

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, that's a first

8. FluffyBled unregistered

40 years, I ain't even mad!

12. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I bet these guys think like pa's patriots. (may their accounts rest in pieces)

16. talon95

Posts: 1007; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I keep thinking of designing a bracelet (that when attached can't just slide off) with nothing but a sim, gps, and microphone, as well as enough battery to run it for a month (ultra low power since almost nothing is actively running). It would have just one button that would connect it to 911 and transmit location and audio for 15min with no off switch. It seems like phone companies should add this as a free service to any line. I'd make the bracelet small and stylish so it doesn't stand out, but lights up once activated, with the goal of stopping the crime before it happens, rather than just catching the scum bag. I think more phones/smart watches should have a panic button feature that does the same, some do, but they don't seem to be widely used or publicized, and the feature is always obscure enough that you can't remember how to activate it when the time comes. I usually want to make a lethal deterrent, poison or shock, but those can be used on the victim and it's not worth the risk. Add to that the criminals will start buying them as weapons and it makes the problem worse. Just like guns, having more lethal weapons in the name of protection only makes it worse, as factually proven in America. So the best solution is to just significantly increase the chance they will be caught.

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, but it is quite sad we have reached a point many dystopian predictions predicted...

37. adamvzwez

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

*steals idea *makes millions *laughs maniacally

38. talon95

Posts: 1007; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Please do! Just don't try to patent it. Make the world a better place, make money, just don't get greedy and think that you making money is worth more to society than having affordable options that provide them security.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So teenagers playing around and being stupid and drinking, is now sexual assault? Is the girl saying she was sexually assaulted? I wish I could see the stream. Because someone took upon themselves to call the cops, and likely there wasnt even a reason. After all her friend was right there. I would assume if she felt her friend was being violated, she would have said something. Sound like cops going to far.

27. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

are you retarded?

18. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Its amazing so many people are still stupid enough to think the Internet is like another world where what happens on the web stays on the web.

23. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Hope these pieces of sh*t get the 40 years & hopefully they will see how it feels to be sexually assaulted

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