Woman charged with “livestreaming” an alleged rape of her 17-year-old friend

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Columbus, OH - Some crimes are really hard to wrap your head around, but this one may have reached a new low.

An Ohio woman has been charged with using a social media app to "livestream" the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl.

"It-it's vile! It's so disturbing!" Local resident Dawndie Smith expressed.

Irene Zorzi  agreed. "I'm shocked. That's the only word I can use to describe it," she said.

Authorities say the alleged rape happened back in February when 29-year-old Raymond Gates and 18-year-old Marina Lonina were hanging out in a house with another teen girl.

Gates is accused of forcing himself on the young girl, and instead of trying to stop him, Lonina is accused of pulling out her phone and livestreaming it using the social media app "Periscope."

"It's so...it's not human, you know. It's not human to record something like that," Smith remarked.

The alleged crime came to light when one of Lonina's friends in another state saw the livestream and then reported it to authorities.

Amy Conrad, one of Lonina's neighbors, said "it's almost like she wanted to get caught, because eventually you're gonna get caught somehow. It's not funny."

Lonina and Gates have both been charged with rape, kidnapping, and a slew of other crimes.

"I'm 76 years old, and I've never heard of anything like that happening in a neighborhood where I lived," Zorzi commented.

Gates and Lonina each face more than 40 years in prison if convicted of all the charges against them.

With such a mind-boggling crime, perhaps Lonina's neighbor Zorzi posed the biggest question of all: "how can you do that to your friend?"


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