Ohio Woman Sentenced to 9 Months for Live Streaming Rape on Periscope
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of livestreaming images of a man raping a 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to nine months in prison.
Nineteen-year-old Marina Lonina was sentenced Monday in Columbus after pleading guilty to one count of obstructing justice under a deal with prosecutors. She initially faced other charges, including rape and pandering sexual matter involving a minor.
Authorities alleged that she used the social media app Periscope to livestream the assault last February.
Defense attorney Sam Shamansky tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2lLa9Qy ) that Lonina admitted to failing to report the rape or turn over her evidence afterward.
The 29-year-old rape suspect, Raymond Gates, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
The victim alleged that Lonina set up the rape. Shamansky calls that allegation "unmitigated nonsense."