An Ohio woman has been arrested on charges associated with the alleged rape and exploitation of a 17-year-old girl. The Dreamin’ Demon reports that the incident took place in February, but 18-year-old Marina Lonina has been indicted by a grand jury this month. The details surrounding this case are shocking, with questions arising about why this young woman could do such a thing to a girl she called her friend.
Lonina is accused of live-streaming the alleged rape of a 17-year-old unnamed victim, who was supposed to be a friend of the Ohio woman. At the time of the incident, the two girls were reportedly hanging out at the home inhabited by 29-year-old Raymond Gates. Fox News 59 reports that Lonina used a live-streaming app to film the sexual assault of the 17-year-old girl.
At the time of the alleged rape, a friend of the Ohio woman happened to be watching from out of state. Fortunately for the alleged victim, this out-of-state friend decided to call the police and report the livestream of the accused sexual assault. It was thanks to this person’s call that the two suspects are being brought to justice. Both 18-year-old Marina Lonina and 29-year-old Raymond Gates may face an approximate 40 years of imprisonment if convicted of the various charges of which they’ve been indicted.
@IDCrimeFeed does the alcohol “account” for secretly taking nude pics of the victim the night before? Alcohol is just an excuse.
— kev (@kevin_stardust) April 14, 2016
— Scallywagandvagabond (@ScallywagNYC) April 14, 2016
This isn’t the first time news of live-streamed atrocities has made media headlines. In 2009, an Arizona man was arrested for raping a woman while live-streaming it over the internet. The unnamed defendant allegedly waited for the unnamed victim to pass out, intoxicated, before he broadcast himself sexually assaulting her for 30 minutes, using a webcam.
In 2013, a man in Sweden was arrested when he was caught allegedly directing the rape of a Filipino child over the internet. The 52-year-old man was accused of locating women in the Philippines who would be willing to rape children over webcam for him. He was ordered to pay nearly $100,000 in damages, which was shared between at least 11 victims.
Last year, a Seattle man was convicted of crimes similar to what were committed by the Swedish man in 2013. Andrew Mark Salazar was sentenced to nearly 20 years after he was convicted of directing child porn via a webcam. Salazar allegedly directed women he had met online to sexually abuse young children while live-streaming it for his enjoyment. Like the Swedish man in 2013, the majority of Salazar’s child victims were located in the Philippines.
Like most crimes of this nature, this latest case out of Ohio is attracting a lot of attention on social media. Most of that attention is completely negative, with shock expressed at the idea that an 18-year-old woman would participate in the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl that she considers to be her friend.
Some reports indicate that Marina Lonina and her co-defendant are blaming copious use of alcohol on the incident, but is that really an excuse for allegedly raping a friend while filming it?
The Ohio woman has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, rape, sexual battery, and pandering sexually-oriented matterial involving minors. She has also been charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. These two additional charges stem from the night prior to the alleged incident, during which Lonina is accused of taking nude photos of the 17-year-old victim. Raymond Gates, 29, has also been charged with similar crimes.
[Image via Columbus Police mugshots]