A woman who used the live-streaming app Periscope to broadcast images of a friend being raped was sentenced Monday to nine months in prison.
Marina A. Lonina, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing justice in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The sentence, imposed by Judge Kim Brown, was recommended by prosecuting and defense attorneys as part of a plea agreement.
Lonina had been indicted on charges of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a juvenile for her role in the Feb. 27, 2016, incident in which a 29-year-old man raped a 17-year-old girl in a Northeast Side apartment.
With the guilty plea to obstructing justice, she admits that she failed to report the rape or turn over her evidence after the incident, defense attorney Sam Shamansky said.
Raymond B. Gates was sentenced in October to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of rape in the case.
Lonina and the victim met Gates at Easton Town Center and went to his residence on Christina Lane on Feb. 26, 2016, Assistant Prosecutor Nadia Haque said. The two went back to his apartment the following day, where the three drank alcohol until the victim was heavily intoxicated, she said.
Gates forced intercourse with the teen despite her pleas to stop, Haque said. Lonina used her cellphone to live-stream the assault on Periscope. Police began an investigation after receiving a copy of the video on March 2, 2016.
The victim, now 18, read a statement in court saying she continues to have panic attacks since the rape. She said she thought Lonina was her friend, but “I was too gullible to see how manipulative she truly is.”
Lonina also manipulated Gates into committing the rape, she said.